Self-help: Avoiding Bites and Stings

The chance of being bitten or stung when hiking can be reduced by taking the following steps:

  • Apply insect repellent before setting out on a hike.

  • Wear a long-sleeved shirt tucked into your waistband and long trousers tucked into socks.

  • Put a rubber band where trousers and socks meet to prevent insects from getting under clothing.

  • Wear strong walking boots to protect the entire foot and ankle.

  • Stay in the middle of paths when you are hiking and avoid areas of dense undergrowth.

  • Make noise as you walk through areas where there may be snakes.

  • If you come across a snake, retrace your steps because there may be others in the vicinity.

If you are swimming, the following measures will help you to avoid being stung by a marine animal:

  • Look out for signs warning of the presence of jellyfish or other hazardous marine life.

  • Do not touch unfamiliar marine creatures.

  • Swim near a lifeguard.

From the 2010 revision of the Complete Home Medical Guide © Dorling Kindersley Limited.

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