How to Treat a Centipede Bite

  posted by: Dennis


how to treat centipede bitesAlthough centipede bites may look like snakebites, the former is still way too safe compared to the latter. The bite of a centipede is non-toxic, but it can be painful enough especially the ones bitten by a giant desert centipede to cause one to squirm. It is very rare that the bite can be poisonous. Still, it pays a big part if you know how to treat a centipede bite when faced with the situation. How do you go about treating it? Learn more below.

What are the Symptoms of Centipede Bites?

Generally, this can be classified into two types – localized and systemic. Localized symptoms can only take a day or two to heal, and some of the common manifestations include:

  • Intense pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Tingling or burning sensation on the site
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Skin that is hot to touch
  • Itching

Systemic-wise, symptoms such as increased body temperature, elevated blood pressure, palpitations, and anxiety may be seen on the patient. In worst case scenarios, anaphylactic shock may manifest especially if great trauma is experienced by the patient.

First Aid Treatment for Centipede Bites

  1. Wash the affected area with running water and soap.
  2. Relieve pain by applying hot compress. On the other hand, if swelling is present, apply cold compress.
  3. For pain relief, one may also take ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
  4. Hydrocortisone cream may also be applied to speed up healing and provide relief from itching.

Although such home remedies are available on how to cure the bites, it is still necessary to seek medical treatment in order to be given tetanus shots and prevent infection from posing harm to the sufferer. Hope this helps!





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Date: December 20, 2011 | Category: General Health
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