First Aid and Prevention Tips for Insect Bites
If you haven’t seen the spectacular display of spring blooms at the Dallas Arboretum, you have until April 6th, 2014 to see this major floral festival. This year’s theme is “Birds in Paradise” and it is a great day trip for the whole family. Another arrival in spring is a whole new set of special insect friends, and while many may help our environment, they can be a nuisance and insect bites can be downright painful!
Crawling and flying insects love spring and summer seasons, and unfortunately our feet and ankles can fall victim. Wearing flip-flops and other strappy sandals that leave a lot of your skin exposed increases your risk for bites. Walking barefoot through your yard or in a public park or beach area also puts your feet at risk for an attack. As warm weather also beckons those of us who love the outdoors to go hiking and backpacking, we spend more time in areas that are insect sanctuaries.
Insect bites commonly come from ants, fleas, ticks, spiders and stinging insects such as wasps and bees. Some people have more severe reactions to bites, and babies and children are usually more affected. It is important to keep any eye out for allergic and toxic reactions. Seek immediate care if you notice shock, trouble breathing, confusion, nausea, rash and swelling of the ears, lips, tongue, eyelids, palms of hands or soles of feet. For mild reactions, move to a safe area and wash the bite with soap and water. Remove the stinger if one is present. A cold pack will help reduce the pain and your doctor can recommend an appropriate pain-reliever if needed. A topical cream with hydrocortisone can also soothe pain and irritated skin. Treatment should always be sought if symptoms do not improve within a day or two—or if they worsen.
For foot and ankle care this spring, whether you have a bug bite or nagging pain, contact Dallas Podiatry Works for help. Call Dr. Joel W. Brook and David R. Northcutt at our office in Dallas, TX at (972) 566-7474 or in Plano, TX at (972) 943-3323. Have fun, stay safe and call us if your feet need help!
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