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Caterpillar rash laid arm on?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
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In brief: Agree w Dr. Fisher

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 species of caterpillars in US can cause painful lesions.>

In brief: Agree w Dr. Fisher

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 species of caterpillars in US can cause painful lesions.>
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Get medical care if effected area is not healing or you develop signs of infection
Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology
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In brief: Caterpillar Rash

If your child has direct contact with a white-marked tussock moth caterpillar, treatment includes placing adhesive tape over the affected area and repeatedly stripping the tape off to help remove the tiny hairs, washing the area with soap and water, applying ice packs to reduce the stinging sensation, and applying a topical, low potency steroid cream.

In brief: Caterpillar Rash

If your child has direct contact with a white-marked tussock moth caterpillar, treatment includes placing adhesive tape over the affected area and repeatedly stripping the tape off to help remove the tiny hairs, washing the area with soap and water, applying ice packs to reduce the stinging sensation, and applying a topical, low potency steroid cream.
Dr. Michael Fisher
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