How to treat wounds caused by insects and animal bites

  Being outdoors during the warm weather season carries with it the risk of bites of all kinds – insects, animals, ticks and others. Here is some helpful advice for treating bites and itching. Check the symptoms. Most insect bites and stings are mild, causing minor symptoms like itching, redness, stinging or a small degree of swelling around the bite. In some rare cases, stings from hornets, bees, wasps, scorpions or fire ants may lead to more serious reactions, including mosquito-borne West Nile virus. The Mayo Clinic advises moving away from the area where you were stung or bittenĀ to prevent further injury. Then, try to remove the stinger if needed, and wash the wound with soap and water. For tick bites, remove the tick immediately. The Cleveland Clinic says the longer a tick remains attached, the greater the risk it will pass on bacteria or Lyme Disease to you. Use tweezers to pluck off the tick, and then wash the bite area with rubbing alcohol. Successfully treating animal and insect bites depends on the severity of the injury. Apply relief. Using a clean, damp cloth saturated with ice or cold water, apply a cool compress to help with the pain and decrease swelling. If the bite is on your leg or arm, raise it slightly above your body. To relieve the itching, use calamine lotion, baking soda paste or hydrocortisone cream as often as needed. You can also take an over-the-counter antihistamine medication such as Benadryl to alleviate the discomfort. If you expe...
Source: Advanced Tissue - Category: Dermatology Authors: Tags: Wound Care Wound care products wound care treatment Source Type: news