Australian Bite and Stings

TICK Bites

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Allergic reactions to ticks range from mild ( local swelling and inflammation at the site of a tick bite) to severe (anaphylaxis).

To prevent allergic reactions to ticks do NOT forcibly remove the tick and do not use tweezers as they are tick squeezers. Disturbing the tick may cause the tick to inject more allergen-containing saliva. The options are to:

  • leave the tick in place and seek medical assistance; or
  • freeze tick (using a product that rapidly freezes and kills the tick like this kit from Adventure First Aid Kits) and allow to drop off

Snake Bite

The bite site is usually painless. It may have classically paired fang marks, but this is not the most common picture. Often there are just a few lacerations or scratches, and sometimes these may be painless or go unnoticed. Bruising, bleeding, and local swelling may be present, but significant local tissue destruction is uncommon in Australia.

  • (<1hr) A headache (an important symptom), irritability, photophobia, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, confusion; coagulation abnormalities; occasionally sudden hypotension with loss of consciousness.
  • (1-3 hrs) Cranial nerve paralysis (ptosis, diplopia, dysphagia etc), abdominal pain, haemoglobinuria, hypertension, tachycardia, haemorrhage.
  • (>3hrs) Limb and respiratory muscle paralysis leading to respiratory failure, peripheral circulatory failure with pallor and cyanosis, myoglobinuria, eventually death.

Snakebite should always be considered in any case of unexpected confusion or loss of consciousness following outdoor activities in snake country. GET A SNAKE KIT TODAY


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