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Insect stings - infographic

Explore this infographic to learn about the insects that can cause infections and allergic reactions, the symptoms and treatments you should be aware of and tips to prevent stings.

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Learn more about insect bites and stings including what they are, symptoms, treatments and prevention.

Last reviewed: November 2016

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Insect Stings (Bee Sting, Spider Bites) | myVMC

Bee sting and wasp sting happen commonly, bee sting and wasp sting are one of the clinical encounters that are exaggerated and mystified in movies and medias

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Insect bites & insect stings in children | 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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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

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...

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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).

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First aid for bites and stings

Serious allergic reactions occur in approximately 2 per cent of stings from ants, bees and wasps.

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Bee stings -

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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Ross River Fever

Ross River fever is caused by a viral infection, transmitted through mosquito bites. Symptoms include fever, rash, and joint pains. Prevention relies on avoiding mosquito bites.

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Plague is a rare disease caused by bacteria that are usually transmitted from infected rodents to humans through flea bites. Plague occurs in many countries outside Australia. Death is rare with prompt antibiotic treatment.

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Bites and Stings

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