Injury Prevention

Bites & Stings

Human bites:

  1. Control bleeding.
  2. Wash with soap and water.
  3. Call physician.

Animal bites:

  1. Control bleeding.
  2. Wash with soap and water.
  3. Call physician.
  4. Notify animal control.

Insect bites and stings:

  1. Remove stinger by scraping with dull-edged item (e.g. a credit card).
  2. Wash with soap and water.
  3. Apply ice, a cold pack or a cold, wet washcloth for several minutes.
  4. To relieve itching, apply a paste of baking soda and water, meat tenderizer or a dab of household ammonia.
  5. For pain, take acetaminophen, or take an over-the-counter antihistamine if your doctor approves.
  6. Pain and swelling should be relieved within 72 hours.
  7. Seek immediate medical attention for stings in the nose or mouth. Swelling may block airways.
  8. Seek immediate medical help if an allergic reaction develops. Symptons include: massive swelling, hives or rash, difficulty breathing, tightness in the throat or chest, dizziness, fainting, nausea or vomiting.

Snake bites:

  1. Call ambulance.
  2. Do not apply ice.

For information about preventing bites and stings, click here.

Last Update
May 28, 2008
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Last Update
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