Centipede bite and its serious effects on the body of human
A centipede bite, an injury, results from the action of a centipede’s forcipules, pincer-like appendages that pierce the skin and inject venom into the wound. Such a wound is not strictly speaking a bite, because the forcipules are a modified first pair of legs rather than true mouthparts. Clinically, the wound is considered as a cutaneous condition characterized by paired hemorrhagic marks which form a chevron shape caused by the paired forcipules.
The centipede’s venom causes swelling and pain in the area of the bite, and may lead to other reactions throughout the body. The majority of bites are not life-threatening and present the greatest risk to children and those who develop allergic reactions.
At the site of the bite, you can expect:
-Two puncture wounds, one from each of the modified leg claws. -Immediate and sometimes radiating pain as well as localized swelling and redness.
Even though the pain may last for no more than several hours to a several days – some compare it to a bee sting – you might suffer more serious symptoms:
– Intense itching, headache, local tenderness, swollen lymph glands, nausea, dizziness, palpitations, anxiety and increasing blood pressure. -Local tissue damage. In addition, you might also experience small puncture wounds, laced with blister-causing venom, in the tracks where the clawed centipede crawled across your skin.
What should you do if you’ve been bitten by a centipede?
Centipede bites seem to look similar to bites from other more dangerous insects. If you are not sure what bit you, see a doctor, especially in case your symptoms are severe.
If there are no complications, treatment for centipede bites focus on symptom relief, and may be treated at home:
-Apply heat to the bite as quickly as possible. Immerse the wound in hot water or use hot compresses so that you can dilute venom. -Use ice packs to reduce swelling. -To reduce pain, allergic reactions, and inflammation, use medications. These include anesthetics, antihistamines, and anti-inflammatory drugs. Centipede bites are wounds. Use a topical antibiotic and keep the site clean and covered in order to avoid infection.
If your symptoms are severe or don’t improve within a few days, talk to your doctor.
Some other useful treatment tips
-Crush garlic to cover the wounds so that you can ease all aches and pains very quickly.
-Apply a freshly cut onion to the site of the injury.
-Wash and use crushed mint leaves to cover the centipede bites.
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