Bites and stings: How to treat them

Bites and stings: How to treat them

Anyone can be bitten or stung by an insect.

They are very common and people who spend a lot of time outdoors are at greater risk.

Here are 5 tips on how you treat bites and stings.

1. Topical anti-itch creams, oral pain relievers and antihistamines can combat uncomfortable symptoms.

2. Apply a thin paste of baking soda and water to the sting to calm the itching.

3. Call 911 immediately if symptoms are severe.

4. Scorpion bites also should be treated in the emergency room, regardless of symptoms.

5. An epinephrine auto-injector can prevent anaphylactic shock but ensure to get a doctor's prescription first.