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Bites and stings

Bee stings

Insect bites and stings

Most insect bites will clear up in a day or two, although some people can have severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis). Learn more about insect bites ...

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Mosquito-borne diseases

Some illnesses are transmitted by mosquitoes ('mozzies'), including malaria, Dengue fever and the Zika virus.

Brown snake.

Snake bites

About 100 Australian snakes are venomous. Although only 12 are likely to inflict a wound that could kill you. Learn about first aid for snake bites.

bluebottle jellyfish floating in ocean

Sea creature bites and stings

Not sure if a bite or sting from a sea creature is dangerous? Here’s information about first aid treatments for jellyfish stings, sea snake bites and ...

Dog, cat and bat bites

Dog and cat bites are the most common types of animal bite. Here’s what to do if you get bitten, with information about when to get medical help.

Bed bugs are small insects that live in the cracks and crevices around your bed.

Bed bugs

Bed bugs are small insects that feed on your blood, often causing itchy bites. Learn about treatment and prevention.

Stinging plants

It can be difficult to know if a sting from a plant is dangerous or not. This article explains the best first aid treatment depending on the plant inv...

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Bites, stings and pests | SA Health

Links to information on bites, burns, cuts and pests

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Insect bites & stings: treatment | Raising Children Network

You can treat many insect bites and insect stings yourself. But if your child has an unusual reaction to an insect bite or sting, seek medical attention.

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Bites and stings quick guide

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Bluebottle stings - myDr.com.au

Carefully remove any remaining bluebottle tentacles by gently washing the area in sea water, taking care to avoid further stings.

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Bites and stings first aid - Better Health Channel

If you are bitten or stung by an insect or animal, apply first aid and seek medical treatment as soon as possible.

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Bites and stings | Sydney Children's Hospitals Network

In Australia there are many insects, spiders and snakes that bite and sting

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Bites and Stings

11 of the worlds 12 most poisonous snakes live in Australia. Although relatively few bites and stings are seriously dangerous to humans, it may be difficult to distinguish which bites and stings are serious from those which are not. Basic first aid procedures should be applied in all circumstances followed promptly by appropriate medical treatment.

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Bites and stings | Queensland Poisons Information Centre

Information on general firs aid for bites and stings. Up-to-date advice to assist in the management of poisonings. Call 13 11 26.

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First aid for bites and stings - myDr.com.au

First aid tips for bites and stings from some of the most venomous creatures in the world - snakes, spiders, jellyfish, blue ringed octopus and cone snail - all of which are found in Australia.

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Raising kids in tropical Australia

Growing up in northern Australia can be a magical and safe experience. But parents need to be aware of the risks posed by life in the tropics.

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