Florida Teen Hospitalized After Touching This Bug

It's summer so creepy crawlers (and flyers) are out and about doing their thing and you wanna make sure you stay clear of the ones that can hurt you. There's been at least one report of a Florida teen taken to the hospital after touching a Puss Caterpillar. 

According to WebMD this is the most poisonous caterpillar in the U.S. and it's found in Southern states on shade trees like elm, oak, and sycamore. 

When a puss caterpillar stings, you may get waves of intense pain, rash, fever, vomiting, and muscle cramps. Remove the broken-off spines by using cellophane tape or a commercial facial peel -- and call your doctor.

You can also use ice pack to reduce the swelling. Here's what this little guy looks like and what your skin will look like after it stings you. Enjoy your time outdoors this summer but stay safe!

 

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