Home > Medical > First aid > Bites and stings Bites and stings All sections in First Aid » About First Aid » Bites and Stings » Breathing Emergencies » Burns » Crime » Drowning » Eye Injuries » FAqs » Head & Spinal Injuries » Health Tips » Heat Emergencies & Hypothermia » Multimedia » First Aid News » Real-life Story » Removing Foreign Objects » Safety First » Shock » Medical Emergencies » Sprains, Fractures and Dislocations » The Basics » Unconsciousness » Wounds & Bleeding Snake bite - children Snake bite is uncommon in South Africa. The main types of poisonous snakes are adders, cobras, mambas and boomslang. Insect bites and stings Insect bites and stings are common and, although bothersome, seldom have serious consequences. Bites and stings Insect bites and stings usually cause little harm unless there is a severe allergic reaction. Assess Am I at risk of a stroke? » Join Parenting Forum » Ask CyberDoc » Quiz Would you survive disaster? » Vinnie Jones' hard and fast hands-only CPR Breathe for me Dog bites Dog bites may cause injury and septic wounds, and carry the risk of transmitting tetanus and rabies. Snake bites: what to do South Africa has several venomous snakes. Here's how to prevent snake bites and what to do if someone gets bitten. Jellyfish and bluebottle stings Stung by a jellyfish or bluebottle? Here's what you should do. How to identify rabies Rabies is a fatal viral infection carried in the saliva of warm-blooded animals. Here is how to prevent infection. Snakebite Snake bites are seldom fatal, but they can cause permanent injury. Tick bites Tick bites seldom lead to serious problems, but some ticks may transmit organisms which could lead to illness. Snakebite: what to do Snakebite shouldn't be top of your list of worries, but every year lives and limbs are lost this way - usually unneccesarily. These are the latest recommendations on what to do. load more articles advertisement From our sponsors Your retirement - a healthy mindset So many people, why so alone? You can still enjoy the sweet things in life Take the sugar test, it could save your life.