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Some people may not know how to properly handle caterpillars. In fact, the wrong handling can cause irritation and infection. Well, so that the symptoms that arise due to being exposed to caterpillars can be resolved immediately, see how to handle them in the following article
Caterpillars are a type of insect that has fine hair all over its body. These fine hairs contain toxic chemicals and when in contact with parts of the human body, such as the skin or eyes, can cause irritation and allergic reactions.
Symptoms that appear due to being exposed to caterpillars can vary, such as bumps, or reddish spots on the skin, and the skin feels itchy, sore, and swollen. In order to relieve these symptoms, you can take several steps to handle when exposed to caterpillars.
Some Ways of Handling Caterpillar Affected
The following are some ways that you can do to relieve the symptoms of irritation or allergies due to being exposed to caterpillars:
1. Removing the attached caterpillar
When there are caterpillars attached to your body, immediately remove the caterpillars first. However, it is not recommended that you release the caterpillars with your bare hands. To be more secure, lift and remove the caterpillars using a twig or other object.
2. Remove silky hair from caterpillar
The fine hair of caterpillars attached to the skin can cause itching and skin rashes due to irritation and allergies. You can remove the fine hair using tongs or insulating glue (duct tape). As much as possible, remove all the caterpillar hairs until nothing remains on the skin.
3. Clean the body parts exposed to caterpillars
After removing the caterpillars and the remaining fine hair, immediately clean the body part affected by the caterpillars using running water and soap, then dry. When cleaning the body, choose soaps made from mild chemicals so as not to cause skin irritation.
4. Using cold compress
You can give a cold compress to deal with complaints of itchy or sore skin, bumps, and redness due to being exposed to caterpillars. The recommended cold compress time is about 10 minutes.
5. Using allergy medicines
If the itching due to being exposed to caterpillars causes you to experience an allergic reaction, immediately consult a doctor so that proper treatment can be done. Doctors will generally prescribe antihistamines for allergy symptoms.
The thing you also need to remember is to avoid scratching the itchy body parts when exposed to caterpillars. This action can actually cause skin irritation or even skin infection.
How to prevent anaphylaxis when exposed to caterpillars
It is normal for you to feel afraid and panic when you are hit by caterpillars. However, try to stay calm and follow the steps for dealing with caterpillars above to relieve the symptoms of irritation or allergies due to being exposed to caterpillars.
To avoid being hit by caterpillars, you can wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants when moving around the trees.
For certain rare conditions, being exposed to caterpillars can cause a severe allergic reaction or anaphylaxis. This allergic reaction is dangerous and can even be life-threatening.
Anaphylaxis can cause the blood pressure in the sufferer's body to drop drastically. In addition, this allergic reaction can also cause several symptoms, such as:
- Rash, itching, to swelling of the skin
- irregular heartbeat
- Swollen lips and throat
- Shortness of breath
- Breath sounds
Allergic reactions or irritation, such as itching and hives due to caterpillars, usually get better in about 1-2 days. However, if the condition does not improve or symptoms of anaphylaxis appear, immediately go to the doctor to get the right treatment for caterpillars.