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Is baking soda paste first aid for bites and stings?

Is baking soda paste first aid for bites and stings?

Can be: The paste made with water can soothe the sting site for a while but the main component of a bee sting is mellitin which is a protein that is basic in chemistry and may not be greatly affected in the long run by the baking soda paste which can act in a acid or base way. However, many people swear by it. Other stings contains acidic components like formic acid (fire ants) and the paste will help! ...Read more

Stings (Definition)

Stings can come from different sources. Insect stings such as a honey bee is one of the most familiar. Sting by fish in water is another common experience many of ...Read more


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Is pulling it out first aid for stings and bites?

Is pulling it out first aid for stings and bites?

Yes: Scrape the stinger with a dull knife. Don't pull with your fingers because you'll squeeze more venom in. ...Read more

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What is basic first aid for a child who gets stung by a scorpion?

What is basic first aid for a child who gets stung by a scorpion?

Follow this: Wash affected area under cold water immediately.Apply antihistamine, a corticostetoid .An analgesic.Apply a bag of ice over the ointment to reduce pain and inflammation.Take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) & a dose of any pain killer.Go to the emergency room to get evaluated for scorpion anti-venom.Watch for serious reactioms eg muscle spasms, hyperventillation racing pulse or heartbeat, disorientation, anaphylactic shock. ...Read more

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What do you do for first aid when your child gets stung by a bee?

What do you do for first aid when your child gets stung by a bee?

Ice / remove stinger: Try to get ice on the spot immediately, as it will help reduce the pain and help your child sit still long enough to look closely for a stinger. Scraping the spot with the edge of a credit card can help identify a retained stinger (and may even pull it out), but you might need tweezers and a magnifyer. Ibuprofen and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) by mouth can help. Don't use Benadryl (diphenhydramine) cream. Area will get red & hot. ...Read more

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What is the best first aid for jelly fish (box jelly fish) stung beside vinegar?

What is the best first aid for jelly fish (box jelly fish) stung beside vinegar?

Box jelly fish sting: Plenty of vinegar and immediate care by emergency personnel. Supportive care (rescue breathing—as long as you're not contacting the stinging tentacles—and/or cpr) until expert help arrives. Less dangerous jellyfish stings can be treated with vinegar, salt water, rubbing alcohol (70% isopropyl), or commercial products for that purpose. ...Read more

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What are the first aid for insect bite in tropics?

What are the first aid for insect bite in tropics?

Depends: There can be some pretty nasty insects in the tropics. However, most often just symptomatic treatment works the best, like antihistamines, icing the area, wound cleansing if the bite is more severe and other common basic treatments. ...Read more

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I want to know if there is any snake bit first aid drug that can be bought, kept at home and taken as first aid, before taken victim to hospital ?

I want to know if there is any snake bit first aid drug that can be bought, kept at home and taken as first aid, before taken victim to hospital ?

No.: Snake bite antivenin is extremely expensive and requires medical supervision to give it and to monitor for side effects. It is great that you are making up a first aid kit though! Everyone should do so. By the way: diphenhydramine (Benadryl), liquid and capsule forms, should be in everybody's medicine cabinet, to prevent potentially fatal allergic reactions which can occur without warning. ...Read more

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First aid for bite on a tongue?

First aid for bite on a tongue?

Tongue: Time and salt water. Good news is there is so much vascularization in the tongue that it heals relatively quickly. ...Read more

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What is first aid for a venomous snake bite?

What is first aid for a venomous snake bite?

See below: First, remain calm then remove any constricting clothing or rings or jewelry. Next, immobilize the affected area if possible. And finally, call 911 or get to an er asap! the only treatment for venomous snake bite is antivenin. Do not suck on the wound, cut the area, apply a tourniquet, apply ice or use the typical snake bite kits that are in every sportsman store, none work and make it worse. ...Read more

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First Aid (Definition)

First aid is initial medical care that an injured ...Read more