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Bites and Stings

Both bites and stings pierce the protective layer of skin and can cause local swelling, redness or infection. Those sensitive to stings, for example from bees or wasps, can have an allergic reaction, which may be serious.

Causes
Insects such as bees, wasps and horseflies and other creatures such as spiders, snakes and jellyfish, as well as many plants including stinging nettles, produce poisons as a defence mechanism. These can be very painful and may cause a reaction in humans.

When to seek further professional advice
If pain and swelling do not respond to treatment or if the sufferer feels faint and unwell, seek medical help.
If you are at all worried about a bite or sting, do not hesitate to seek medical treatment.

Alternative Treatment

Homeopathy: Bite wounds can be cleaned with pure tincture of hypericium. Stings should be removed with tweezers and pyrethrum tincture should be dabbed on the area.
The Bach flower remedies' rescue remedy can be diluted in water and applied  to the sting or bite.
Aromatherapists recommend lavender, as it reduces stinging and burning sensations.

Traditional Treatment

Mild bladder infections often clear up to simple home remedies. But if you experience no relief within 24 hours, you should advise a doctor for more aggressive treatment. Do not just ignore the problem and hope it goes away. Bladder infections are treated with antibiotics to clear up the infection and by increased intake of fluids to flush out the urinary tract. After the treatment has run its course, you may be asked to come in for a follow-up urine test to make sure your bladder is free of all signs of infection. If you suffer from frequently bladder infection you doctor will prescribe low dosage antibiotics . Patients whose infections are related to sexual activity may be given a small dose of antibiotics to take each time they have sex.

The information contained in this Site/Service is not intended nor is it implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice or taken for medical diagnosis or treatment.

Author - Body and Mind

Published - 2013-01-18