Accidents from bites and stings can happen at home, work, or even while you are traveling. It’s important to understand the various types of bites and stings and what First Aid care should be provided.
You must also learn the signs of infection from the bites and strings.
A first aid course for bites and stings also equips you with the knowledge of which pain reliever to take or apply to the wound or the affected area on the skin. This will help you recover from the pain on time.
When treating bites & stings, you should use the best medicines or ointments available to you. This knowledge you gain when you go through a detailed course online on first aid for bites and stings.
If one experiences an allergic reaction to the bite / sting, First Aid may involve the use of an epinephrine pen (Chapter 7). Call 911 in case of emergency.
A bite that punctures the skin can cause bleeding and lead to an infection around the affected area. Bites that do not break the skin may require minor First Aid. It’s important to understand that the reaction to a punctured bite will vary depending on the germs that were in the biter’s mouth / saliva.
If you notice that an animal is acting strangely, be sure to keep your distance. Some animals may carry rabies and require immediate medical attention, i.e., dog, cat, skunk, bat, raccoon or other wild animals.
Poisonous snakes release venom when they bite. You should always assume that a snake is poisonous if you are not able to tell from the bite mark. Symptoms of a poisonous snakebite can include: pain, swelling near the bite area, nausea, vomiting and weakness.
Unless a person is allergic to the source of the sting, a person may experience a minor reaction. Stings usually lead to itching, swelling and minor pain.
Remember some stings may be more dangerous, if the source is poisonous (i.e., scorpion, poisonous spider). In these instances a person will experience more severe symptoms such as: fever, severe pain, seizures, vomiting, breathing problems and may even stop responding.