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Beef up your bug bite first-aid knowledge with these quick tips

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    Scrape the stinger

    Use the edge of a credit card, a fingernail, or even a dull knife, to push down and against the skin to get stingers completely out.

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    Hands down

    If you’re stung or bitten on your arms or legs, keep them lowered to help keep the venom from spreading.

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    Relieve the pain

    For quick relief take an over-the-counter pain reliever, apply an antihistamine or hydrocortisone cream to the area and cover with a cold compress for up to 15 minutes.

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    Allergic? Call the doctor

    If you experience any of the following symptoms seek immediate medical care:

    • Swelling in face, neck or throat
    • Difficulty breathing or wheezing
    • Dizziness or confusion
    • Pale or blue skin
    • Unexplained abdominal pain

Sources: Mayoclinic.com and Webmd.com. This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of a doctor with any questions regarding a medical condition.

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