Serious Bites and Stings Millsboro DE

While spiders, snakes and scorpions make our skin crawl, their reputations are often worse than their bites. Although their mates have a 100 percent mortality rate, a black widow spider hasn't killed a human in North America for over a decade. Even the sting of the dreaded bark scorpion is rarely fatal. But this doesn't mean you shouldn't respect their potential to inflict harm.

Jerome E Groll, MD
(302) 645-2833
34445 King Street Row
Lewes, DE
Business
Family Practice Center
Specialties
Family Practice

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Dr. Habib Bolourchi
(302) 645-7671
18958 Coastal Highway
Rehoboth Beach, DE
Business
Henlopen Cardiology
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Prevention Of Heart Attack, Stroke and Diabetes.
Insurance
Insurance Plans Accepted: Medicare, Medicaid, Amerihealth, Aetna U.S. Healthcare, Alliance Pro, Principal Health Care of Delaware Inc, Blue Cross / Blue Shield of Delaware, Delmarva Health Plan, Diamond State, 1st Health, Humana, Tricare, Alliance / Mamsi / Optimum Choice, Physici
Medicare Accepted: Yes

Doctor Information
Primary Hospital: Beebe Medical Center
Residency Training: Internal Medicine Residency, Sinai Hospital, Detroit, Michigan
Medical School: Faculty of Medicine, University of Tehran, Iran, 1972
Additional Information
Member Organizations: AMERICAN COLLEGE OF CARDIOLOGY (FELLOW), AMERICAN SOCIETY OF NUCLEAR CARDIOLOGY, AMERICAN COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS (FELLOW)
Languages Spoken: English

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Philip E Shaheen
(302) 227-8600
32711 Longneck Road
Millsboro, DE
Specialty
Internal Medicine

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Fadi E Damouni
(302) 945-0440
26744 John J Williams Hwy.
Millsboro, DE
Specialty
Internal Medicine

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Aaron Green
(302) 947-4437
32040 Long Neck Rd
Millsboro, DE
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Preventive Medicine, Occupational Medicine

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Midway Chiropractic
(302) 645-6681
18585 Coastal Hwy
Rehoboth Beach, DE

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Milton Chiropractic
(302) 684-1995
113 Union St
Milton, DE

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Lisa Ann Martin
(302) 934-7344
201 Laurel Rd
Millsboro, DE
Specialty
Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine

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Paul E Gorrin
(302) 934-0611
230 Mitchell St
Millsboro, DE
Specialty
Internal Medicine

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Prentiss Wayne Adkins, DO
RR 1 Box 231C
Dagsboro, DE
Specialties
General Practice
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Philadelphia Coll Of Osteo Med, Philadelphia Pa 19131
Graduation Year: 1978

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Serious Bites and Stings

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Bites and Stings - Serious

I don't like spiders and snakes (or scorpions for that matter)

While spiders, snakes and scorpions make our skin crawl, their reputations are often worse than their bites. Although their mates have a 100 percent mortality rate, a black widow spider hasn't killed a human in North America for over a decade. Even the sting of the dreaded bark scorpion is rarely fatal. But this doesn't mean you shouldn't respect their potential to inflict harm.

Snakebites

Most snakes in North America are not venomous, but some species have a potentially lethal bite. The rattlesnake, a favorite villain of the Spaghetti Western, would rather be left alone than have the opportunity to shake its tail at hikers.

The highly venomous coral snake is reclusive and attacks only if startled or threatened. To ensure you don't inadvertently provoke a snake,

  • Stick to the trails and hike with a heavy foot - they'll stay away if they hear you coming.
  • Avoid areas that attract snakes (e.g., shaded areas, stumps of trees, under rocks).
  • Don't step over fallen trees. Instead, step onto the log and see if a snake is resting on the other side.
  • Listen - if you hear rattling, stop and slowly look around. If you see a snake, slowly back away and adjust your route accordingly.
  • Don't try to take photos of a live snake.
  • Don't play Crocodile Hunter , even if the snake is dead. Snagging your skin on the fang of a dead snake can still poison you.

Only one in 3000 snakebites in North America is fatal. If you are bitten by a poisonous snake, don't panic. Instead, use your head and

  • Immobilize the bitten area.
  • Keep the bitten area lower than the heart.
  • Get to a hospital.

Scorpions

Found in New Mexico, Arizona, parts of Nevada and Utah, and the California side of the Colorado River, scorpions are common in the desert. As ugly as these desert dwellers are, most are rarely deadly. Even the notorious bark scorpion sting can be neutralized easily at local medical centers. When in scorpion country, avoid being on the receiving end of a scorpion's tail:

Be careful when stepping or reaching into scorpion-friendly places (wood piles, underneath rocks, inside shoes or roaming the ground after dark). Check to make sure a scorpion has not made a home in your clothes, shoes or sleeping bags. Inspect your luggage / packs. Scorpions like to stow away.

If you are stung by a scorpion, stay calm.

  • Wash the sting with soap and water.
  • Remove your jewelry.
  • Do not cut the wound or suction out the poison.
  • Apply a cold compress.
  • Immobilize the stung extremity.
  • For pain, give Tylenol (acetaminophen) every 4 hours. Avoid aspirin and ibuprofen.
  • Monitor for signs and symptoms of severe poisoning:
    • Muscle spasms
    • Convulsions
    • Impaired vision or speech
    • Nausea, vomiting
    • Difficulty breathing.

At the first sign of severe poisoning, get to a hospital. If the sting victim is a child or elderly, get immediate emergency hel...

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