If you are stung or bitten by an insect, bee or spider, follow these first aid tips..
If a severe life-threatening (difficulty breathing) reaction occurs, call 911.
In non-life-threatening situations, call the South Texas Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222 or go to the nearest emergency department.
Bees, Wasps, Hornets, Yellow Jackets
If stung, gently remove the stinger, if present, by scraping it from the would with a credit card.
Do not squeeze the area, as this releases more venom into the skin. Clean the wound with an antiseptic like alcohol.
Mix a paste of meat tenderizer and water and spread onto the area of the sting. Ice packs can be used for local pain and swelling.
If symptoms such as hives, rash, difficulty in breathing, dizziness, nausea, or vomiting occur, go to an emergency
department immediately. People who are allergic to bee stings should carry a bee sting kit and seek medical attention
upon being stung.
Fire Ants and Scorpions
Cleanse the wound and apply a meat tenderizer paste as described for bees.
To remove a tick, grasp it with a pair of tweezers at the head, as close to the skin as possible and
gently pull it out. Do not use bare fingers, as disease can be transmitted through contact with an
infected tick. Clean the area with antiseptic, such as alcohol or hydrogen peroxide.
Only two spiders pose a threat to man: the black widow and the brown recluse. The
black widow has a red hour glass on its belly. The brown recluse is yellow-orange in color and has a violin-shaped
marking on its head.
These bites are seldom fatal, but can have serious side effects. If bit, seek
medical attention immediately. Symptoms common to these bites include severe stomach pain,
dizziness, chills, stiffness, and difficulty breathing.