Beware The Bites!

Know what to do when there's an emergency

Beware The Bites On The Trip \(>o<)/

Okay, so we all know that our school is going on a Senior hiking trip, while up there, it is important to know what to look out for in terms of bites and emergencies. Since we are hiking, there are possibly ticks and snakes, and we all know that there are mosquitoes out there. So read further on and I will tell you what to do in an emergency situation concerning bites.

The signs That You Have Been Bitten!

Symptoms

Snake Bites
  • fang marks
  • weakness
  • dizziness
  • confusion
  • numbness
  • nausea
  • pain
  • tingling
  • vomiting


Mosquito Bites

  • 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


Tick Bites

  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Fever
  • Numbness
  • Rash (these vary according to the pathogen transmitted by the tick)
  • Confusion
  • Weakness
  • Pain and swelling in the joints
  • palpitations
  • Paralysis
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea and vomiting

How To Take Care Of....

Taking Care Of....A Snake Bite

  1. call 9-1-1
  2. 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
  3. Move the person beyond striking distance of the snake.
  4. Have the person lie down with wound below the heart.
  5. Keep the person still to keep venom from spreading.
  6. Cover the wound with loose, sterile bandage.
  7. PLEASE WHATEVER YOU DO...DO NOT CUT AND SUCK THE BITE, DOING THIS CAN CAUSE POISONING AND MAKE THE SITUATION WORSE.
  8. do not apply ice, a tourniquet or water
  9. do not give the victim alcohol or caffeinated drinks.
  10. STAY CALM, A FAST HEART RATE WILL CAUSE THE VENOM IN THE BLOOD TO PUMP FASTER THROUGHOUT THE BODY AND GET TO THE HEART.
  11. KEEP THE BITE BELOW THE LEVEL OF THE HEART.

Taking Care Of....A Mosquito Bite

  1. baking soda and vinegar mixture
  2. toothpaste
  3. wet the bite with water and rub salt over the site
  4. apple cider vinegar applied to the site
  5. solid deodorant
  6. aloe (great remedy and most popular)

Taking Care Of....A Tick Bite

  1. Using fine-tipped, pointed tweezers gently grasp the tick's mouthparts close to the skin..
  2. Pull straight back in the direction it entered the skin with even pressure. Avoid squeezing or crushing the tick.
  3. Do not use substances such as nail polish remover or petroleum jelly
  4. Do not use a flame to burn the tick off.
  5. Place the tick in a sealed container plastic bag with rubbing alcohol to kill it
  6. Wash the area and your hands thoroughly with soap and water once you've finished
  7. Apply antiseptic and/or antibiotic ointment

How To Prevent The Bites

Alright boys and girls, when we go out on the trip, just remember these simple prevention tips.


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!


Read more: http://www.ehow.com/how_79_avoid-mosquito-bites.html#ixzz2wLIonKOZ


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.


Read more: http://www.ehow.com/how_2023887_prevent-tick-bites.html#ixzz2wLJxRNsv