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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!
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:
You can find a number of sting related products on the market, and also for those to prevent the attraction to you.
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:
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.