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What's Bugging you? First Aid for Bites and StingsInsects Abound in Spring It's a fact, insects are everywhere, biting, stinging, and causing general malaise. They can be wickedly dangerous to humans, but they serve a vital purpose in our ecosystem. Protect yourself with good Insect Repellent, but remember that most people think about applying repellent AFTER they've been bitten or stung, so stock up on Sting Relief Products, too! First Aid for Bites and Stings General care of bites and stings: • Immediately wash the bite or sting with soap and water if available, or use antiseptic wipes if soap and water are not available. • Put an ice pack on the affected area with a cloth barrier between the ice and skin. If treating a bee sting, remove the stinger first (see below). • Never attempt to suck out any venom or poison with your mouth! • Never apply a tourniquet. • Do not use folk remedies or unproven treatments to care for the casualty. • Do not give the casualty caffeinated drinks, alcohol, or aspirin. Bee Stings • Remove the stinger carefully using a scraping motion. Use a credit card, finger nail or other dull edge to take out the stinger without squeezing the venom sac. • Do not use tweezers to remove the stinger. Tweezers could squeeze the venom from the sac into the skin. • If the casualty has difficulty breathing and/or swelling of lips, face or neck area, call 9-1-1 or activate EMS immediately! If the casualty has an EPI-pen, help them self-administer the injection (if trained to do so). Spider Bites Most spider bites are not harmful and few of those which are harmful are truly dangerous or life-threatening to humans. In North America, the Black Widow (characterized by a black, shiny body with a red hour glass figure on its underside) and Brown Recluse (characterized by a dark brown, violin-shaped marking on the top portion of its body) spiders can be dangerous and may be deadly to some humans. These bites will most likely require medical attention. • Keep the casualty calm and immobilize the bitten area. Keep the bitten area lower than the heart. • Wash the bite with soap and running water. • Seek medical attention if the bite is thought to have come from a Black Widow or Brown Recluse. Call 9-1-1 immediately if the casualty has trouble breathing, severe pain, muscle cramps, vomiting or loses consciousness. [video width="640" height="360" wmv="/blogs/first-aid-mart/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Natrapel.wmv"][/video] Insect Repellent & Sting Relief Products See a list of Givernment and Private respources on Pesticides: Continue reading →
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What is DEET? Is it Safe?Is DEET bad? No - it's actually a very effective insect repellent (also spelled insect repellant accurately, in case you were wondering) and the environmental impact and safety concerns are mostly urban legend and FAR outweighed by the efficacy and heath benefits (you don't want Lyme Disease or West Nile Virus, do you?) Environmental Working Group’s science review concluded that...