5 December 2017
Insect bites are lacerations or puncture wounds coerced by insects. They vary in appearance based on the insect and skin sensitivity. This also means that there will be various measures of treating insect bites. Insect bites can induce pain, itching, blisters, inflammation, redness, and irritation. If your office isn’t fumigated regularly, your staff is bound to be at the risk of to insect bites. If you do not have a first aid kit, sometimes reaching into your kitchen cabinet may come to your aid.
The General Safety Regulations to the Occupational Health and Safety Act (Act 85 of 1993) prescribes that workplaces “…provide for the health and safety of persons at work and for the health and safety of persons in connection with the use of plant and machinery; the protection of persons other than persons at work against hazards to health and safety arising out of or in connection with the activities of persons at work; to establish an advisory council for occupational health and safety; and to provide for matters connected therewith.”
So, workplaces should have a first aid kit and in it, various ointments and treatments should be at hand. It is vital that there is a first-aid representative at your office who will help administer these to your staff. Should there be any signs of wheezing or difficulty breathing, swelling, nausea or vomiting, a faster heart rate, dizziness, difficulty swallowing or loss of consciousness then we recommend you contact a health practitioner right away.
Fleas can transmit diseases like Y Pestis and typhus and their bites can leave abscess which can harden over time. The affected areas can become itchy for up to a week.
Remedy: To minimise the chances of infection, Wash the area first. Apply an anti-itch topical medication such as calamine lotion (Caladryl), hydrocortisone (Cortaid, Cortizone), or diphenhydramine (Benadryl Itch Stopping Gel). Although it may not be advisable to administer oral medication without consulting with a doctor first. If the itching does not stop then an oral antihistamine may help.
Spider bites can be quite dangerous to humans, it all depends on the species. Unfortunately, offices that aren’t kept clean or fumigated on a regular basis are bound to have them lurking, especially if there are piles of unattended paperwork.
Remedy: Spider bites are typically easy to soothe, however when the reaction is severe, you may need to consult with a medical professional. Here are natural remedies for spider bites:
Aspirin: Mix aspirin with a small amount of water and apply to the bite.
Lavender and coconut oil: Mix these two oils and apply to the affected area to calm inflammation caused by the bite.
Ice: Once the spider bite has been cleaned with warm water and soap, apply ice for 10 minutes straight. Repeat this at intervals throughout the day.
Avoid scratching: Spider bites can be quite itchy so it may be hard not to scratch, but scratching could aggravate the bite and increase chances infection.
Elevate: Elevate the area with the bite to reduce swelling.
Consult a health practitioner: Should you feel disoriented, have trouble breathing, rapid swelling of the lips, throat, tongue or eye area, hoarseness or wheezing, severe itching, cramping, and/or numbness
Most ticks don’t carry diseases but when they do, they carry diseases like Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease. They thrive in warm weather and take a liking to furry animals. So, if your employees have pets, it is best to make sure that your office is fumigated regularly.
Remedy: Remove the tick, wash the site where it bit and watch for any signs of illness as some may take 1 to three weeks to show. A rash may surface, if this happens, apply a topical cream like or see a health practitioner.
Ant bites normally last a few minutes and rarely need much care, however, sometimes there may be swelling and itching causing irritation. Below are a few ways you can relieve the irritation.
Remedy: Vinegar can act as an antibacterial, so check the office cupboard. The vinegar will also help with the itching. Toothpaste has a cooling effect and will numb the pain caused by the bite. Teabags have anti-inflammatory properties, this may help with the swelling. Moisten and cool the tea bag before pressing it on the bite, this will prevent any scarring or inflammation.
We believe that prevention is better than cure that’s why we have a range of solutions fit for a range of office spaces and commercial properties. Let Steiner prevent pests from keeping your staff from working with our integrated pest management solution. Take a look at our hygiene range as well to make sure your space is in tip-top condition.
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