Stabbing and Bites of Australian Animals

 

Stabbing and Bites of Australian Animals

Mind mosquito bites, bites of spiders, snakes and jellyfish. In northern Queensland and the subtropical Northern Territories are a number of diseases including dengue (dengue) and Ross River fever transmitted by mosquitoes (mainly in Cape York Peninsula). It is strongly recommended to use anti mosquito spray to take, containing DEET. (For children up to 30%.) The press has reported cases of meningitis C where especially younger children are sensitive of. It is possible to vaccinate against this when you are in Australia.

 

Sand flies

Sand flies are mostly found by Australian beaches, but also at mangroves, lagoons and other outback area’s. These tiny animals are about 1,5-4 mm big, you hardly see them. When you get stung it’s usually not just one but more of them that sting you at the same time.

After having been bit by sand flies, a terrible itch will follow. The sand flies pee over your skin when sucking the blood out of you. Their pee starts itching when you scratch it. When scratching you spread the pee out over the rest of your skin making the itch even worse. The itch pops up when your body is hot, like at night when you’re sleeping in your sleeping bag or underneath your blanket.

 

How to prevent it?

There are tons of ways to prevent it. Australian locals usually have ‘secret’ tips, so you could always just ask them.

 

You can use different products on your skin:

Eucalyptus oil

90-100% DEET

Lime juice

Lemon juice

Vitamin pills B6 or B1 or garlic pills

 

How to heal it?

It’s hard to think about preventing it every second of the day. That’s why it’s just as important to remember how to heal it.

 

Tea-Tree Oil (you can get this in supermarkets, just ask for it) This works like a charm! You have to dab this on the bites.

Toothpaste

Vinegar (dab)

Soap (scrub clean)

Aloë Vera (apply to affected area)

Ibuprofen Gel (apply to affected area)

Garlic (scrub over your skin)

 

Again, there are a lot more ways to prevent and heal. But don’t worry too much about this during your trip. If you’ve been bitten, just ask the Australian locals for advice.

 

For more information check Outback Crossing.

 

 

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