Everyone has had an insect bite or sting at one time or another be it celebs or beggars, no one is safe from bites and stings. Most bites or stings, whether from mosquitoes, flies, bees or wasps, result in a very mild reaction to the venom that the insect has injected into you. This results in redness, minor swelling, and pain or itching at the site of the bite or sting.
Some of the tips that should be kept handy for future aid.First aid care for insect bites or stings:
- Wash the area with soap and water.
- If the stinger is still in the skin, remove it by scraping gently across the skin with a flat-edged object.
- Apply calamine lotion, an antihistamine cream, or a paste of baking soda and water to the area several times a day until itching and pain are resolved.
- Place a cold compress or an ice pack on the site of the sting or bite for about 10 minutes to reduce pain and swelling.
If there are signs of a severe allergic reaction:
- Ask someone to call for medical help
- Help the person to remain calm and lie quietly, with legs elevated. If vomiting, turn on his or her side to prevent choking. Do not give anything to drink.
- If the person becomes unconscious and stops breathing, begin CPR and continue until medical help arrives.
BY BASMAH ANSARI
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