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This is the season where little ones discover a world full of creepy, crawly things in the backyard and the playground. Centipedes, inchworms, and caterpillars make great finds for anyone's bug catcher, but know that there are several creatures to beware of.
There are thousands of species of caterpillars: most are harmless to people. But some species sting or irritate the skin if touched. When something brushes against the caterpillars, the hair tips of the caterpillar break off and the venom oozes out or is injected under pressure. This is a caterpillars defence mechanism.
Redness, swelling, burning, itching, and pain that can radiate out from the site of the sting, Rarely people may experience a more severe allergic reaction, such as nausea, vomiting, hives, headache, breathing difficulty, or seizures.
- Apply adhesive tape lightly over the affected area and gently pull off to remove broken spines from the skin, Repeat several times using fresh pieces of tape.
- Wash area with soap and water
- Ice packs may relieve swelling and pain
If any of the above, severe reactions occur, seek medical attention immediately
- Stay away from caterpillars.
- Look before sitting against a tree of sitting on the ground
- Avoid walking barefoot in areas that caterpillars may be
- Wear gloves if you need to handle a caterpillar, even if it's dead.