Getting stung by an asp is an experience not many people will forget. The asp is known as one of the most dangerous stingers in North America because of its capability to deliver a severe sting. It is teardrop in shape, varies in color, and resembles a tuft of cotton or fur.
Asp Sting Treatment
- The most important and immediate treatment of an asp sting is the relief of pain and the prevention of anaphylaxis.
- The pain from an asp sting usually subsides after an hour but an hour of pain is not something anyone should experience.
- Treatments for asp sting vary from home remedies to over the counter remedies, to prescription medication depending on the severity of the symptoms.
Asp Sting Symptoms
- Intense and throbbing pain that can spread towards the armpit or axillary region.
- Erythematous spots over the affected site.
- Intense abdominal pain or discomfort
- Respiratory distress
Asp Sting Pain
- The pain from an asp sting has been described as an intense, throbbing, burning type of pain.
- The pain usually subsides within an hour without treatment.
- The severity of the pain depends on the dose of the venom or the number of hairs embedded on the skin.
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Asp Sting First Aid
- Apply ice pack over the affected site.
- Administer oral antihistamines to relieve burning and itching sensations.
- Apply tape over the affected site and pull to remove the hair or stingers.
- See a physician immediately for allergic reactions, severe pain, or eye injuries.
- Severe pain from an asp sting may be treated with morphine, codeine, and meperidine, all of which are regulated drugs. Standard pain relievers have no effect on severe asp sting pain.
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