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What to do if I was bitten by a caterpillar?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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In brief: Caterpillar Stings

Remove caterpillar from skin w tweezers (not fingers).
Repeatedly apply fresh duct tape to skin & pull off (to remove spines & toxins). Remove contaminated clothing. Clean skin w soap & water. Apply salve made w 2 parts baking soda & 1 part water. Apply ice for 15 min increments. Elevate if indicated. Don’t scratch. Document type of caterpillar that stung you (ie describe or take photo). > 50

In brief: Caterpillar Stings

Remove caterpillar from skin w tweezers (not fingers).
Repeatedly apply fresh duct tape to skin & pull off (to remove spines & toxins). Remove contaminated clothing. Clean skin w soap & water. Apply salve made w 2 parts baking soda & 1 part water. Apply ice for 15 min increments. Elevate if indicated. Don’t scratch. Document type of caterpillar that stung you (ie describe or take photo). > 50
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
species of caterpillars in US can cause painful lesions. Call 911 – go to ER for swelling of tongue, throat, mouth, lips or face; difficulty breathing, chest tightness or rash covering large area. Get medical care if effected area is not healing or you develop signs of infection. Deaths from caterpillar stings in the US are rare.
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