Lonomia Caterpillar’s Bite

The hairy caterpillar known as the Lonomia obliqua can be found in  various areas of South America, and its nasty hair are known to cause  severe reactions in humans.

While most victims recover after proper treatment, some have experienced  long-term effects from exposure to the caterpillars’ venom.

The Lonomia caterpillar is about 1-2 inches long and has a cylindrical body with brown or green hues,

And has tufts of long, bristly hair that extend from its back.

These hairs contain venomous spines that can penetrate the skin and release toxins into the bloodstream.

Lonomia caterpillar bites can range from mildly irritating to life-threatening, depending on the severity of the exposure.

A rash may develop at the site of the bite, which can be painful, itchy, and swollen.

Lonomia caterpillar venom contains anticoagulant properties that impair blood clotting, leading to internal bleeding.

Symptoms of internal bleeding include bruising, abdominal pain, and gastrointestinal bleeding.

Severe Lonomia caterpillar bites can cause acute kidney failure due to the rapid breakdown of red blood cells.

People with severe Lonomia caterpillar bites may experience neurological symptoms such as confusion, dizziness, seizures, and coma.

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