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University Clinic shares first aid advisory on higad stings

by University Clinic

Posted on August 8, 2018 at 8:30 AM


The University Clinic has issued an advisory to the Lasallian community in the wake of the rising number of students and faculty who have contracted itches from contact with hairy caterpillars during the onset of the rainy season.

The Clinic shared some information on how to treat caterpillar itches to prevent the rashes from getting worse. According to the advisory, hairy caterpillars are capable of inflicting a painful sting from stinging fibers and hairs on their bodies. This is their main protection against predators so the slightest brush can cause contact dermatitis, pain and itching.

How to treat a caterpillar stings

  • Step 1: Understand the types of reactions that are possible with a caterpillar sting: itchiness, blisters, small red bumps and burning sensation.
  • Step 2: Calm the recipient of the sting. The venom tends to travel faster when a patient is moving.
  • Step 3: Remove the caterpillar if it is still on the body. Use forceps, tweezers or scotch tape and not your bare hands.
  • Step 4: Wash the affected area with soap and water. Remove the contaminated clothing and wash in hot water.
  • Step 5: Apply an ice pack to the affected area after washing it.
  • Step 6: Monitor the sting. Watch for oozing, rash, swelling or change in color. If symptoms persist, seek medical attention.