SPI­DER- AND IN­SECT BITES

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We all re­act dif­fer­ently to bites by in­sects such as mos­qui­toes, flees and lice. It can range from mild ir­ri­ta­tion to a med­i­cal emer­gency. Mos­qui­toes, for ex­am­ple, can trans­mit malaria.

But if some­one shows a strong re­ac­tion such as strug­gling to breathe af­ter a bee sting – or any at­tack by any other in­sect – you can help them take their medicine (an­ti­his­tamine).

Try to scrape the bee sting and poi­son

sac from the skin. Don’t press on the in­jured per­son’s skin with your fin­gers or tweez­ers be­cause you might cause more poi­son to be re­leased into the blood.

Af­ter a spi­der bite, clean the wound and use an ice pack to re­duce pain. Keep the in­jured body part lower than the

heart to slow down spread­ing of the poi­son. Get med­i­cal help, es­pe­cially if mus­cle pain starts.

A BEE STING AND POI­SON SAC

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