Dealing with insect and bug bites is likely not your priority, but if you’re going camping at Lake Manatee State Park Campground, then it probably should be. While you do not deliberately intend to be in the path of bugs and insects, simply being in the outdoors makes it inevitable. Thus, you could end up with insect bites, as well as infections.
Knowing how you can prevent being bitten is important, but equally important is for you to know what do in case it does happen, and a Bradenton urgent care center is not immediately accessible.
Taking Out the Sting
For insects that sting you, such as bees, wasps, and mosquitoes, a simple anti-inflammatory ointment should help. Before you apply it to the affected area, however, wash it with antibacterial soap and water. This will help ensure that no part of the stinger is left behind, as sometimes happens. In case it doesn’t get dislodged by soap and water, you may need to use tweezers to pluck it out from under the skin. Leaving the stinger embedded may lead to more inflammation or a bacterial infection.
The other thing you should be worried about with stings is an allergic reaction. If not given immediate relief, stings may lead to worsening symptoms, such as vomiting, dizziness or even loss of consciousness.
Stay Away from the Poison
You may think stingers are bad, but the poisonous biters can be worse. If you are going to spend your days and nights in the outdoors, you should watch out for spiders like the black widow or the brown recluse. Scorpions and certain caterpillars can also be a problem for humans.
These bugs are worth special mention because they carry poison and venom that could put an individual’s health, or even life, at risk. Considering spiders, for example, you only have several hours before the toxins from the bite spread throughout the body via the bloodstream.
This is why you should familiarize yourself not only with the appearance of the spider, but also what their bite looks like. In this way, you’ll know whether or not to simply dismiss it as just another insect bite because it may not be as harmless as you think.
If necessary, head over to an urgent care center in Bradenton, such as U.S. HealthWorks, at the soonest possible time. They will be able to provide the proper medical attention for your injury or insect bite.
First Aid for Bites & Stings. Healthline
Survival Medicine: Insect Bites and Stings. Backdoor Survival.