Insect: Apply cold compress (ice wrapped in towel). A paste made from meat tenderizer and water may be applied to affected area to decrease stinging sensation. Scrape (don’t pull) stinger out of wound. If patient develops sting reaction, consult a physician.
Animal: Wash thoroughly with warm soap and water, dry and apply sterile dressing. If bite is more than superficial or if inflicted by a wild animal, consult a physician.
Consult a physician in any case of a human bite.
*If infection subsequently develops, consult a physician immediately. Signs of infection include increasing pain or redness, fever, drainage from wound, increasing swelling and inability to move a joint.