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Chapter 17: Bites and Stings Introduction  Bites and stings are among the most common forms of injected poisonings.  In this lesson you will learn how to recognize, care for and prevent some of the most common types of bites and stings from—  Insects.  Ticks.  Spiders and scorpions.  Marine life.  Snakes.  Domestic and wild animals.  Humans. 2 AMERICAN RED CROSS FIRST AID–RESPONDING TO EMERGENCIES FOURTH EDITION Copyright © 2005 by The American National Red Cross All rights reserved
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  Chapter 17: Bites and Stings    2 AMERICAN RED CROSS FIRST AID–RESPONDING TO EMERGENCIES FOURTH EDITIONCopyright © 2005 by The American National Red CrossAll rights reserved. Introduction  Bites and stings are among the most common forms of injectedpoisonings.    In this lesson you will learn how to recognize, care for and preventsome of the most common types of bites and stings from—   Insects.  Ticks.  Spiders and scorpions.  Marine life.  Snakes.  Domestic and wild animals.  Humans.  3 AMERICAN RED CROSS FIRST AID–RESPONDING TO EMERGENCIES FOURTH EDITIONCopyright © 2005 by The American National Red CrossAll rights reserved. Signals of Common Bites and Stings    Specific signals of common bites andstings depend on—   The type and location of the biteor sting.  The amount of poison injected.  The time elapsed since thepoisoning.  The victim’s size, weight,medical condition and age.  4 AMERICAN RED CROSS FIRST AID–RESPONDING TO EMERGENCIES FOURTH EDITIONCopyright © 2005 by The American National Red CrossAll rights reserved. Signals of Common Bites and Stings (continued)  Less severe reactions of bites and stings may triggersignals:  A bite or sting mark   A stinger, tentacle or venom sac  Redness  Swelling  Pain or tenderness  Severe allergic reactions to bites and stings may bring ona life-threatening condition, a form of shock known asanaphylaxis.  
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