Beware The Bites!
Know what to do when there's an emergency
Beware The Bites On The Trip \(>o<)/
Snake bites fall under the category of animal bites, all though most snakes are not venomous, snakebites are not fun. please know that the cut and suck method is not safe! Keep in mind this little rhyme when dealing with coral snakes: "RED on BLACK is a friend of jack, RED on YELLOW he killed a fellow."
Mosquitoes are very annoying creatures that suck the blood of living things. The female mosquitoes drink blood AND nectar. Mosquito bites are itchy and annoying. Fun fact: when you flex your muscles when a mosquito is trying to make you out of a snack you...it is said that it stops them from drinking your blood.
Ticks are also bloodthirsty insects that can carry potentially harmful diseases. There are actually more than 800 types of tick species. Some of the diseases you can get from a tick bite are Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and tularemia. Ticks may get on you if you walk through areas where they live, such as tall grass, leaf litter or shrubs.
The signs That You Have Been Bitten!
- fang marks
- A puffy, white bump that appears a few minutes after the bite
- A hard, itchy, reddish-brown bump, or multiple bumps, appearing a day or so after the bite or bites
- Swelling around bites
- Small blisters instead of hard bumps
- Dark spots that look like bruises
- Flu-like symptoms
- Rash (these vary according to the pathogen transmitted by the tick)
- Pain and swelling in the joints
- Shortness of breath
- Nausea and vomiting
How To Take Care Of....
Taking Care Of....A Snake Bite
- call 9-1-1
- try to kill and take the snake, take a picture of the snake or just remember what the snake looks like to inform the EMTs
- Move the person beyond striking distance of the snake.
- Have the person lie down with wound below the heart.
- Keep the person still to keep venom from spreading.
- Cover the wound with loose, sterile bandage.
- PLEASE WHATEVER YOU DO...DO NOT CUT AND SUCK THE BITE, DOING THIS CAN CAUSE POISONING AND MAKE THE SITUATION WORSE.
- do not apply ice, a tourniquet or water
- do not give the victim alcohol or caffeinated drinks.
- STAY CALM, A FAST HEART RATE WILL CAUSE THE VENOM IN THE BLOOD TO PUMP FASTER THROUGHOUT THE BODY AND GET TO THE HEART.
- KEEP THE BITE BELOW THE LEVEL OF THE HEART.
Taking Care Of....A Tick Bite
- Using fine-tipped, pointed tweezers gently grasp the tick's mouthparts close to the skin..
- Pull straight back in the direction it entered the skin with even pressure. Avoid squeezing or crushing the tick.
- Do not use substances such as nail polish remover or petroleum jelly
- Do not use a flame to burn the tick off.
- Place the tick in a sealed container plastic bag with rubbing alcohol to kill it
- Wash the area and your hands thoroughly with soap and water once you've finished
- Apply antiseptic and/or antibiotic ointment
How To Prevent The Bites
Snake bite prevention
Wear heavy, knee-high socks, high-top boots, and long pants tucked into your shoes. Stay on the trail, if one is available and keep out of tall grass unless you wear thick leather boots, chaps or gaiters. Walk around logs or large stones, instead of stepping over them
Read more: http://www.ehow.com/how_2279574_prevent-snakebites-hiking.html#ixzz2wLIBanYd
Mosquito bite prevention
Wear long pants and a long-sleeved shirt. Tuck the pant legs into your socks and tuck all shirts in completely. Cover up with a hat, preferably with ear flaps. Wear white clothes. Avoid flower perfumes and avoid getting wet and getting in standing water. Lastly, wear mosquito repellent!
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Tick bite preventionUse an insect repellent that is 20% to 30% DEET. Purchase clothing that is pre-treated with Permethrin, or buy a Permethrin spray as a further deterrent to ticks.Wear long pants and long sleeves. The clothing does not have to be heavy, but the length will provide an addition way of keeping ticks from getting to your skin. Stay on the trail and avoid tall grass.
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