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Insect Bites & Stings

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Insect Bites & StingsInsect bites are usually not severe. Bites from insects like mosquitoes can cause itching. Stings from bees, wasps, etc can be painful. In some cases, insect bites can cause anaphylaxis (allergy).

Symptoms

  • Immediate pain/swelling at sting/bite site
  • Redness and itching
  • Swelling inside throat (if allergic to venom)
  • Wheezing and breathing difficulty (if allergic to venom)

Action

  • Gently scrape the sting with fingernail or by brushing sideways. DO NOT pull out the sting with a tweezer
  • Wash the area with soap and water
  • Use ice pack to relieve pain - not more than 10 minutes - reapply for 10 mins every hour
  • Get medical help if the casualty has difficulty in breathing, a choking feeling in the throat, or hives
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