Stings and Bites
Usually tick bites are harmless and do not cause any noticeable symptoms. However, in some people, ticks can cause severe allergic reactions. Some types of ticks even pass on diseases to humans and their pets when bitten and can be fatal if not treated in time. Lyme disease is perhaps one of the most commonly caused and dangerous tick-borne diseases. So are tick bites deadly? This article deals with this question and discusses the effects of tick bites in detail.
An allergic reaction to a bee sting is actually far worse and serious, and may be potentially life threatening. An allergic reaction to bee sting requires immediate medical attention. The symptoms of an allergic reaction to bee sting includes problems with breathing after a bee sting, development of a rash or hives extending well beyond the actual site of sting, swelling of the face, mouth, or throat, sudden drop in blood pressure, and last but not least anaphylactic shock.
Some common symptoms of a venomous snake bite that tell you if a snake bite is poisonous include: A pair of puncture marks on the wound, that look like a fang bite, Redness and swelling around the bite site, severe pain in the area of the bite, nausea and vomiting, labored breathing or in extreme cases the breathing can stop altogether, disrupted vision, augmented sweating and salivation, dropping eyelids, and low blood pressure/ weakness. Also learn about the first aid and treatment for snake bites.
Rabies is a disease usually caused when a dog bites you. Apart from all the injuries you might get from a dog bite, rabies is a viral disease that causes serious brain inflammation in humans. It is very essential to take rabies vaccine after a dog bite, because it will decrease the chance of getting the infected by the deadly virus, which is a cause of many deaths all around the globe.
Tweezers are something which is extremely useful when removing a deeply embedded tick. Grasp the tick gently with the help of the tweezers as close to the skin surface as possible. The next step towards removing the tick is to try and pull the tick upwards by applying gentle pressure on the tweezers. Make sure so as to not twist or jerk the tweezers to get the tick out as it may break the tick and a part may remain embedded in the skin.
Usually, a scorpion sting lasts for about 7 to 10 days with its local symptoms. You will feel the pain, swelling and numbness in the area around the sting. However, these symptoms are minor and not too complicated. They can go away on their own, without the need for treatment. Even if you are stung by the most venomous scorpions, there are high chances that you will survive the venom. You should call the doctor as soon as possible as the doctor will be able to guide you about the right treatment.
A healthy adult cannot die from a scorpion sting. Or even if one dies, the cases are very rare. The chances of fatality are high for the kids or the elderly people, who have a weak immunity. Also if there are adults, who have immunity disorders or heart diseases, then the scorpion sting can prove to be fatal.
When it comes to information regarding tick bites, a lot is said about tick bites of which some are facts while other are misconceptions and it is very important to separate facts from misconceptions. Below mentioned are some of the misconceptions associated with tick bites.
However, if the individual is allergic to the toxin released by the tick when it bites, then along with redness and swelling, there will be itching which can at times be severe. Tick bite in an otherwise healthy individual does not cause any itching or swelling.
The typical reactions of a wolf spider bite are redness, pain, and itchiness that diminish over the short time period. When a wolf spider bites, it feels similar to a bee sting. The venom of these spiders is not poisonous to the humans and most of the individuals do not get allergic reactions. Know the symptoms, treatment and prevention of wolf spider bites.
The hobo spider bite is not painful and feels like a pinprick because of which it often goes unnoticed. Hobo spider bite, if left untreated, can lead to toxicosis which is often seen with necrotic arachnidism (i.e tissue death post spider bite). There may be nerve damage from tissue death leading to numbness and loss of sensation in limbs. Know the symptoms, treatment, prognosis and prevention of hobo spider bite.
A Yellow Jacket Sting is extremely painful and one insect can sting an individual, multiple times. Along with pain, there will be redness, swelling, pain, and itching along with inflammation in the affected area. Some of the useful home remedies for yellow jacket sting include cold compress, baking soda, vinegar, honey, plantain leaves and activated charcoal.