Topic of the month – June 2013

Summertime – Time for Wasps, Bees and Hornets: Avoid Getting Scars after Infections

Wasps, bees and hornets are important components of our ecosystem. At direct contact it may come to unpleasant collisions. Consequence can be stings. If they become infected, they can leave unsightly scars.

Avoiding Stings

Unlike gnats and horseflies bees, wasps and hornets sting only when they feel threatened. Therefore, most stings can be avoided with simple behavior rules.

  • Be careful if you eat or drink in the open air. Sweet foods and drinks attract especially the wasps.
  • Avoid hectic movements close to bees or wasps.
  • Don't hit out at the animals but stay quiet and leave slowly.

What happens at a sting?

The poison of bees or wasps is harmless for most people. It certainly causes pains at the puncture site and leads in the later course to itches and swellings. The poison only then gets highly dangerous if it comes to several hundred stings.

It looks different with people suffering from an allergy. Possibly, one single sting can already trigger a life-threatening anaphylactic shock. If an allergy is known, therefore special caution is advisably and if the worst comes to the worst a doctor must be consulted immediately.

First help

If it should come, despite all caution, to an insect bite: keep quiet because panic can make the effect of the poison grow. Likewise, you should protect the person affected against further stings.

  • Remove the thorn to prevent that further poison is pressed into the skin. Optimally, you seek medical attention.
  • Cool the puncture site.
  • Watch the person affected to make sure that he doesn't suffer from an insecticide allergy. If it comes to swindle, nausea or difficulty in breathing, a doctor has to be consulted at once.

Furthermore, there are numerous further situations, in which medical advice should be taken, e. g. if babies or small children were stung and it comes to strong reactions or the stings are in the head area, primarily in the mouth and throat or at the neck arteries and eyelids.

Preventing inflammations and scars

After the first care it is important to prevent an inflammation of the sting. Therefore, the old rule is valid here: don't scratch! The bacteria on the hands and under the fingernails can penetrate into the injured skin and trigger unpleasant inflammations there.

However, if it came to an inflammation, the danger is that a scar forms. Therefore, prevent correspondingly and treat the skin area with Contractubex after the acute problems have faded away. So you can be sure that everything heals well and no traces of the annoying meeting will remain.


Contractubex® Composition: 100 g gel contains: 10.0 g Extr. cepae, 5000 IU heparin sodium, 1.0 g allantoin. Indications: Hypertrophic and keloidal scars, movement-restricting and cosmetically disfiguring scars after operations, amputations, burns, and accidents; contractures such as Dupuytren’s contracture and traumatic tendon contractures; cicatricial strictures. Contraindications: Hypersensitivity to parabens. Side effects: Very rare skin reactions. Mode of action: Contractubex® exerts an antiproliferative, antiinflammatory, softening, and smoothing action on proliferating scar tissue. Dosage: Unless otherwise prescribed, Contractubex® should be gently massaged into the skin several times a day until all the gel has been absorbed. In the case of hardened older scars, it may be necessary to cover the treated area with a dressing overnight. Interactions: None known. Package sizes: 20 g, 50 g. Merz Pharmaceuticals GmbH, Eckenheimer Landstraße 100, D-60318 Frankfurt/Main, Germany

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