What can you do against itching caused by the processionary caterpillar?

Itching, red bumps and above all a lot of discomfort. The oak processionary caterpillar has been causing nuisance in the Netherlands in recent weeks. Prevention is always better than cure. But if you do come into contact with the caterpillar, fortunately there are a number of good tips to remedy the inconveniences.

What are the complaints?

If you come into contact with the caterpillar's stinging hairs, you may experience itching, bumps or red spots on the skin. Some people also experience eye problems. Other times the symptoms resemble a cold, with coughing or shortness of breath. In the worst cases, people feel dizzy or start to vomit.

What can you do yourself?

First try to remove the stinging hairs from the caterpillar. You can do this with adhesive tape or with a clothes roller. Showering also helps. It is best to throw clothes with stinging hairs in the washing machine.

What you should definitely not do: scratch.

This can lead to wounds, infections and scars. The itching can be counteracted with a soothing cream based on Aloe Vera, Calendula, menthol or Eucalyptus. I have made an oil based on Aloe Vera especially for the itching of the processionary caterpillar; Bloomm PrikWeg . This is a blend of 100% pure Aloe Vera oil enriched with natural essential oils that soothe pain and itching, disinfect and prevent infections. Reduces redness and swelling of the skin. And it is 100% natural.

If you have any specific questions about the processionary caterpillar, you can contact the Animal Pests Knowledge and Advice Center (KAD) in Wageningen. Since the end of June, they have been collecting all information about the prevention and control of the oak processionary caterpillar. The KAD will be the national information center for anyone with questions about combating the itch caterpillar. This was decided by Nature Minister Carola Schouten after parliamentary questions.

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