CAMPING FIRST AID KIT
WHAT TO DO WITH A BEE STING?
Even when alone, my camping first aid kit are one of the first things I pack. Why? Well I am prone to getting bitten. I don't know about you, but I seem to provide the wildlife around England with open season and a free buffet!
There truly is nothing worse than being bitten, and receiving that infernal itch, which despite all the "old wives tales" doesn't sub-side. Do I head for the prevention method - oh yes! Wouldn't leave home without it as they say.
So on top of my usual travel first aid kit, I do make a point of going through it and adding a few additional necessities to make my camping first aid kit complete!
CAMPING FIRST AID KIT: DEALING WITH INSECT STINGS
Typically this would be from a wasp in the UK, as they are more likely to sting than any other. However should you be travelling to warmer climes, do research your "likely candidates", which could be anything from the mosquito to something a little more sinister.
The discomfort from these bites shouldn't be under-estimated, as they can truly be a downer on your vacation, especially if they become infected! So how to prevent infection and manage the condition:
- Relieve Swelling and Pain - check the infected area, if on the leg, and near the cusp of a sock or shoe, the patient may be more comfortable with these things removed. Same can be said for any bites on arms, that are near watches or bracelets. Remove whatever would be restrictive.
- Check for the number of stings / bites - Remember that multiple insect stings can have the worse result, being an allergic reaction. Monitor where you can the number of stings, their location, their size, and the condition of the skin around the injury site. If a leg is already swollen, is it getting worse.
- Extreme Circumstances - You may need to be prepared to contact medical professionals, and if you suspect anything like an anaphylactic shock, then remove straight to hospital via the emergency services is a must.
- The Sting - Should you remove the sting? If you are able to brush or scrape this off then yes. You should not use tweezers because more poison may be injected into the injury site.
- Treatment - where possible raise the affected part and make use of an ice pack or cold compress (flannel in cold water). Monitor the condition and in particular for swelling.
- Stings to the mouth and throat - There are dangers here of the tissues around the injury site swelling and causing the airway to block. As you will be unable to elevate the area, or apply an ice pack, you will need the patient to suck on an ice cube.
You can find a number of sting related products on the market, and also for those to prevent the attraction to you.
CAMPING FIRST AID KIT - OTHER BITES AND STINGS
For other types of bites and stings, especially the likes of scorpion or spiders, these can cause serious illness and may even prove to be fatal.
Should you be confronted with one of these, you should follow these steps:
- Help the casualty to sit or lie down, and reassure them.
- Raise the affected area of the bite where possible. Apply the ice pack and/or cold compress
- Monitor vital signs - keep an eye on the levels of response, pulse and breathing. Watch for the signs of an allergy.
- Should the casualty have been bitten by a scorpion, red back or funnel web spider then emergency assistance is required, and you should make that call.
CAMPING FIRST AID KIT - TICK BITES
I have usually removed these from my dog, but this method I have found to be ideal.
All the treatment required is a pot of vaseline!
Swamping the tick with the vaseline (or petroleum jelly) will mean that they cannot breathe. Not breathing will mean that the tick will release their grip on the body and you can quite simply pinch the little blighter away.
Not a nice resolve, but I am afraid I then usually dispose of them in fire; to be sure that they don't come back to my pet, or get any other.