During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to stay healthy and keep watch over loved ones. We have provided first aid tips for bites and stings that can be handled from home during the lockdown. Examine the steps carefully and do not panic. Ensure you call for help immediately, and while you await help, follow the procedures below:
First aid is the first assistance or support to give to someone who is hurt or in need of medical attention.
However, follow these steps while you await help:
Animal bites should be taken seriously. Only a physician can assess the danger of tetanus or rabies.
- Control the bleeding.
- Wash wound with mild soap and water.
- Cover with sterile dressings and bandage.
- Seek medical attention.
- Do not try to remove ticks with unprotected fingers.
- Do not cover the tick with heavy oil.
- Do not try to burn the tick off.
- Remove tick with tweezers grasping as close to the skin as possible and pull slowly. If tweezers are not available, use plastic wrap or glove.
- Wash the area thoroughly with soap and water.
- If the victim develops fever with chills, headache or muscle aches seek immediate medical attention.
Insect strings can be very serious if a generalised allergic reaction develops.
- If the insect is the present, remove by scraping lightly back and forth. Do not squeeze or use tweezers.
- Wash the wound thoroughly with soap and water.
- Apply ice pack or cold pack over the area to reduce pain and swelling. Never apply ice directly on skin.
- If the victim suffers from multiple stings, stir a box of barking soda into a tepid bath and soak.