How to Treat a Centipede Bite

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Centipede bites can be treated with antiseptics, but secondary infections may cause a trip to the hospital. Treat centipede bites with tips from a firefighter in this free first-aid video.

Part of the Video Series: First Aid for Insect Bites
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You know, as human beings, there's many bites from insects and common animals that can be incurred by us as human beings. Hi, I'm Captain Joe Bruni, and what I'm going to talk about is how to treat the bite from a centipede. Centipede bites can be very painful, and cause a great deal of discomfort. However, do not be alarmed; they are treatable. First and foremost, wash the area with soap and water to disinfect and clean any germs. Apply some type of antiseptic to the area, and then move onto applying ice and some type of hydro-cortisone cream to reduce itching and swelling. Antibiotics is not commonly prescribed for something like a centipede bite; however, monitor the area for signs of secondary infection. If signs of secondary infection occur, like additional swelling, red streaks, or pus occur, then a trip to a medical facility and treatment is in order. I'm Captain Joe Bruni. Stay safe, and we'll see ya' next time.

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