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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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Spider bites

Bitten by a spider? Not sure what to do? This article explains the best first aid treatment depending on the type of spider involved.

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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.

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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 ...

Dogs

Animal and human bites

The most common types of animal bites are dog and cat bites. Human bites are also very common. Here’s what to do and 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.

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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 and stings - Farmer Health | Farmer Health

There are many Australian animal and insect species that bite or sting. In general, most bites and stings, such as those from mosquitos and ants, are not serious and dont require medical treatment. If the bite or sting is from...

Read more on The National Centre for Farmer Health website

Bites and Stings

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

First aid tips for bites and stings from some of Australia's deadliest snakes, spiders, ticks and marine animals.

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Parenting and Child Health - Health Topics - Bites and stings

Most insect bites and stings are not poisonous but the bites of some insects such as wasps, bees and some spiders can be harmful. If a child is bitten and it is possible to save the insect, this may help with treatment it if is poisonous.

Read more on Women's and Children's Health Network website

Kids' Health - Topics - Bites and stings

Occasionally some unfortunate people are bitten by these creatures, but most bites and stings are from much smaller beasties - like flying, jumping and crawling insects, quite small spiders and some things which look pretty tame really (sandflies, mosquitoes and fleas, to name just a few).

Read more on Women's and Children's Health Network website

Bites and stings - NT.GOV.AU

Bites and stings from bats, insects, caterpillars, jellyfish and mosquitoes.

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Bee stings - myDr.com.au

The best way to deal with a bee sting is to scrape it off with a sideways motion using a firm object such as the blade of a knife, a credit card or even a fingernail.

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Insect allergy (bites and stings) - Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA)

Allergic reactions to Bites and Stings, Jack Jumper Ant Allergy, Tick Allergies

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Bites and stings | The Sydney Children's Hospitals Network

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Allergic reactions to bites and stings - Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA)

Most insect bites and stings result in a localised itch and swelling that settles within a few days. Severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) to insects are usually due to bees, wasps or the Australian Jack Jumper ant. Insect bites are a less common cause of anaphylaxis than insect stings. Fortunately, effective treatments are available to treat allergic reactions to bites and stings.

Read more on ASCIA – Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy website

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