Summer is in full swing, which makes being stung or bitten by something while hiking, playing in the garden or going for a walk with the dogs a highly likely event.
Knowing what to do and when to seek medical advice is key in these situations, to prevent any unnecessary complications. This is what you need to know:
First aid steps to treat a mild reaction from a bite or sting:
- Move to a safe area where no more bites / stings can occur;
- If any stingers have been left behind in the skin, gently remove them;
- Gently wash the area with soap and water;
- Apply a cold dampened cloth (you can fill it with ice to make it extra effective) and hold it on the area for 10 to 20 minutes to reduce swelling and pain;
- If the bite or sting is on the arm or leg, raise it;
- If the area is very itchy, take an antihistamine to reduce irritation, and if it is very painful, take a painkiller to alleviate some discomfort.
Seek medical attention if:
- You develop trouble breathing;
- You feel dizzy or faint;
- You develop nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea;
- Your pulse becomes weak or rapid;
- You experience swelling to the face, lips or throat.
If the bite or sting causes a wound or damages the skin, it might be time to try Biomedical Wound Occlusive to help the skin heal and prevent scarring.