Centipede

Definition 
Poisoning from a centipede bite.

Poisonous Ingredient 

     
  • centipede venom

Where Found 

     
  • centipedes

Symptoms 

     
  • body as a whole       o pain in the area of bite       o swelling in the area of bite       o possible lymph node swelling  
  • skin       o redness in the area of bite

Home Treatment 
Place ice (wrapped in a washcloth or other suitable covering) on the site of the bite for 10 minutes and then off for 10 minutes. Repeat this process. If patient has circulatory problems, decrease the time to prevent possible damage to the skin. A trip to the emergency room will probably not be necessary, but contact Poison Control just to make sure.

Before Calling Emergency 
Determine the following information:

     
  • the patient’s age, weight, and condition  
  • the identity of the centipede if possible  
  • the time of the bite

Poison Control, or a local emergency number 
They will instruct you if it is necessary to take the patient to the hospital. See Poison Control centers for telephone numbers and addresses. If possible, bring the insect to the emergency room for identification.

What to expect at the emergency room 

     
  • Treat the symptoms.

Expectations (prognosis) 
Symptoms usually last less than 48 hours. Severe allergic reactions or contact with exotic specimens may require more treatment.

Johns Hopkins patient information

Last revised: December 3, 2012
by Martin A. Harms, M.D.

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