BUG and SPIDER BITES
NOTE: If the patient is having a severe reaction, s/he should
be transported (with the bug, if available) to the hospital emergency room immediately.
Are you having trouble breathing?
Were you bitten by a poisonous
Is the patient fainting or having severe dizziness?
- If yes to any of the above, the patient should be examined
by a physician promptly.
- If no, then follow the instructions below.
ACTIVITIES: Wash the area of the bite with soap
and water. Apply a cold compress if there is swelling or itching.
Keep the area clean.
MEDICATIONS: Aspirin or Motrin
or Tylenol will help pain. Calamine Lotion
or topical steroid cream will relieve itching. Oral
Benadryl will help swelling and itching.
It has been reported that over-the-counter products such as ReJuveness, Mederma, or SyCream aid in soothing the pain, irritation,
burning, and discoloration associated with bites.
- DOSAGE of Benadryl to be given every 6 hours (may cause
[2 tsp. Benadryl Elixir 12.5mg/5ml = Benadryl 25mg tablet
- For 10 to 20 pounds give ½ tsp. of Benadryl Elixir.
- For 21 to 30 pounds give 1 tsp. of Benadryl Elixir.
- For 31 to 40 pounds give 1½ tsp. of Benadryl Elixir.
- For 41 to 100 pounds give 2 tsp. of Benadryl Elixir.
- For over 100 pounds give 1 or 2 Benadryl tablets or capsules.
DIET: You may eat anything you desire.
CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR FOR ANY OF THE FOLLOWING:
1. You have trouble breathing or passing out.
2. There is no improvement within 3 days.
3. Any infection develops.
4. A peculiar rash appears.
5. The area(s) does not appear to be healing properly.
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This page was last updated on 23 July 2001.