To start with, the marks of a centipede bite are somewhat identical to snakebite marks since there are two small puncture marks observed on the area. Aside from that, you will also see a chain of extremely painful blisters close to the puncture marks. These will tell you the accurate location where the insect had moved on to the skin as it climbs up or scurries away. In general, there are two kinds of symptoms. One is localized while the other is systemic.
• Undulating pain
• Presence of redness
• Inflammation is at the middle
• Burning sensations or tickling, itching and tingling of the skin may be abnormal
• Lymphangitis or the lymph nodes may be inflamed and painful
• Skin redness is abnormal
• Acute itchiness
• Localized death of living cells is not intensifying
The last symptom will heal only after a few weeks. But the rest of the symptoms will generally disappear during the first two to three days after the bite.
• Pain on the head
• Increase blood pressure
• Elevated temperature of the body
• Palpitations or rapid pulse
• Being weak
Generally, this is the highest degree to which a centipede can harm a person. But take note that this only applies to normal adults. Stings of centipedes can have more severe outcomes especially if the victim happens to be an infant or just a young child. For example, there was a case of a young female from the Philippines who gave way to death precisely 29 hours later after she was bitten by a huge Vietnamese Giant Centipede on her head. The scientific name of that creature is Scolopendra subspinipes. According to centipede facts, this can reach a fully grown size of up to 19 to 23 centimeters.
Moreover, grownups who naturally have allergic reactions to stings injected by bees are at risk of having a condition called anaphylactic shock once they are attacked by one of the bigger breeds of centipedes. In this condition, the person will suffer from sudden constriction of his bronchioles practically suffocating him to death. The person will also have drastic inflammatory tendencies in the throat, lips and tongue. The process of fulminant stenosis can be life-threatening for the person because of his hypersensitivity. But the smaller breeds of centipedes will not be able to penetrate the thick skin of human beings. Now, let us discuss the possible cures of centipede bite.
Treatment for Centipede Bite
Listed below are some of the things which you should start doing at home at once after you have been pinched by a centipede.
• Using a soap, try to rinse the area very well
• Once you observe that the wounded area has some localized inflammation, try wrapping some ice cubes inside a wash cloth or handkerchief and then put it over the wound. This to alleviate some of the mind deadening pain.
• Take an appropriate acetaminophen so that the pain is reduced in any way as you are driven to a health care center nearby. Intense itching can be alleviated by quickly applying some antihistamine ointment such as Benadryl. You can also apply some calamine lotion or anusol.
Trust me, no matter how harmless the bitten area appears, it is always better to have it medically evaluated to make sure that everything is fine. Although, development of a secondary infection or wound necrosis is uncommon, yet, this can still be possible. You can make use of some pre-hospital home remedies which are common in Hawaii. Since centipede bites are very common in Hawaii, I do have reasons to consider that these will work.