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Stop insect bites and stings driving YOU crazy!

Posted on 7 Jul, 2017 - No comments yet!

insect bites and stingsInsect bites and stings can be so irritating! The scratching can drive you crazy, you scratch it so hard you draw blood and then end up with an ugly red bump where the bites and stings were. Luckily in very few cases is this serious. Most commonly it’s your body reacting to the toxins entering your system. So before we all get driven crazy this Summer, here’s what we should do!

Bee and Wasps

If you can see the stinger, try to remove it by scraping the skin with a credit card. After removal you may wish to place an ice pack on the skin for 10 mins to help with swelling and pain. Remove any jewellery in case of swelling. Elevating the area will also help deal with the swelling.  If the person has been stung in the mouth seek advice due to possible swelling of the air way.

Never use tweezers to remove the sting as you are pushing on the venom sac and pushing more toxins into the body!

Ticks

If you have been bitten by a tick you must remove it as soon as possible. The best way to do this is by tweezers. Grab the tick and pull as smoothly as possible, avoid twisting or crushing the tick. Its important to ensure the mouth isn’t left on the skin. Ensure you wash the skin afterwards with normal soap and water.

Ticks can carry Lyme disease so it may be wise to consult a pharmacist or medical professional!

Mosquito Bites

As the mosquito feeds on your blood they inject saliva into your body. It’s the saliva that many of us react to! Firstly there isn’t much you can do once you have been bitten. From that point, its a case of managing the symptoms. Try not to scratch as this will spread the saliva around and cause more swelling and redness. Insect bite pens can prove very helpful to control the itch. Simple antihistamines can also prove beneficial.

Placing ice on the bite might also relieve symptoms.

Jelly Stings

Following the sting you should remove any tentacles that are attached, you can do this with tweezers. There are a few options for dealing with the pain of the sting. You may try applying heat (either by heat pad, or by placing in hot water.) Some evidence has shown that by dousing in vinegar, it may prevent further venom from being discharged into the skin. Simple painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen may also prove helpful.

I am afraid the tale about urinating on them, wont provide any relief, so you may want to give that treatment a miss!

As with all insect bites and stings, if you see signs of severe swelling, are having trouble breathing, chest pain or notice swelling of the face, please seek urgent medical attention!  

 

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