First Aid for Insect Bites

Insect bites can cause great discomfort, itching and pain. Prevent and treat insect bites with tips from a firefighter in this free first-aid video series.

Series Summary

The term first aid refers to the immediate care that is provided to an injured or sick person. It is used to stabilize a patient until further medical treatment and assessment can be provided at a hospital or care facility. For most of us, a first-aid kit is used primarily to treat minor medical emergencies, like small cuts or burns. But it is important to keep a first-aid kit stocked with supplies you use regularly as well as those items you might use for a more serious situation until EMS can help. In addition to a first-aid kit, knowing what to do in emergency situations is a key part of treating injuries. Knowledge of how to roll an injured person to safety or help a person having an epileptic seizure may not be included in a first-aid kit, but might just save a life. In this free video series, a firefighter explains and demonstrates how to prevent and treat a number of insect bites, including those from bees, wasps, brown recluse spiders, centipedes, fire ants, hornets and more. Dealing with allergic reactions is also covered, in addition to tips on reducing pain, itching and swelling. With these tips and techniques, the discomfort and harm caused by insect bites will be dramatically reduced.

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