First Aid For Insect Bites

Facts About Insect Bites

  • Most insect bites are harmless – but annoying
  • You can get pain and itching where you are stabbed
  • If you have a problem for more than a few days or severe reaction at the stool, consider whether there may be contagious inflammation
  • In rare cases, an allergic reaction may be life-threatening with need for first aid and life-saving medicine


  • Insecticides are very rarely severe, but some people can get strong allergic reactions
  • Stitches in the mouth or throat can cause suffocation symptoms if the mucous membrane raises up


  • Most reactions are mild and only cause itching and stinging discomfort. There is a modest swelling that disappears in a day or two
  • A delayed reaction can cause fever, painful joints, blisters and swollen glands
  • You can experience both the immediate and the delayed reaction from the same plug
  • Insecticides can also cause skin inflammation – usually after a few days

In severe allergic reaction

  • The state can develop rapidly – from seconds to minutes
  • Call 112 if any of the following symptoms occur:
    • Difficulty breathing
    • Swelling of the lips and throat
    • Confusion
    • Fast pulse
    • Blisters in places other than the plug itself
    • Vomiting, cramps

First aid

General treatment

  1. Remove the brooch if possible. Scratch, but do not hug because the brooch can contain a baggy suit and you may risk squeezing more poison
  2. Cool the stall with cold water, a wet cloth or ice cream
  3. At the mouth of the mouth, some ice clumps can suck on damping the swelling
  4. Take an antihistamine drug (allergy medicine) if available
  5. “Rest” site. If possible – hold it high until pain and swelling decreases

In case of reduced consciousness or difficulty breathing

  1. Make sure that the stumped person can breathe freely; bend his head carefully backwards and lift the garden forward. Loosen tight clothes, leave the door open upright and even find the best position
  2. If the patient is unable to stand upright: Place the patient on the side, preferably sideways. Keep in mind that the patient continues to breathe
  3. If the patient stops breathing: Start mouth-to-mouth. If there is no pulse start also cardiac massage

In case of allergic reaction

  1. If the patient has his own allergy medicine available, you should help the patient to take these. Follow the dosing instructions on the box. Several allergy sufferers also have the Epi pen ready.
  2. If there is trouble breathing, dizziness or nausea: Lower the patient and keep your legs high

With sting in the mouth and throat

  • A plug inside the mouth or throat may be dangerous. It can cause swelling that can block the airways
  • If you suspect a sting in the mouth or throat, call 112 at least the symptoms of swelling
  • An ice lump to suck on or small sip of cold water can dampen the swelling of the respiratory tract
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