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First Aid: Insect Bites and Stings

Insect bites and stings are typically minor in nature and only cause mild pain and discomfort. If someone has a known severe allergy to an insect bite or sting you should call 911 and treat them according to the allergic reaction protocol. To treat a victim of a insect bite or sting evaluate the situation and attempt to identify the origin of the bite or sting. If bee or related sting look for the stinger near the affected area. If you find it, scrape it away using something will a dull edge such as a debit card. This removes the stinger without causing more venom to enter the body. Wash the site of the bite or sting with soap and water. Place ice on the area to control and reduce swelling. Monitor the victim for at least 30 minutes for signs of severe reaction after the event.

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