First aid for centipede bite is analgesia.

The centipedes of Australia are considered less dangerous than some overseas species. Nevertheless, Australian centipedes should be taken seriously as a threat to health.

Signs and Symptoms

Bites cause localised pain, swelling and erythema at the site. Sometimes the pain has been reported to gradually spread, extending beyond the bite site. Pain resolves within 48 hours.

Anaphylaxis is a possiblity where previous exposure has occurred.


Oral or topical analgesia as indicated. The effectiveness of ice packs to augment pain relief has not been recorded.