Symptoms of a centipede bite include pain, swelling and redness where the bite occurred, according to MedlinePlus. In rare cases, centipede bite victims may experience lymph node swelling and a numb feeling around the bite area.
Symptoms of an allergic reaction to a centipede bite can include an elevated heart rate, breathing difficulty and a swollen throat, states MedlinePlus. If an allergic reaction occurs, gather the patient’s information, the time of the bite, the type of centipede if known, and call the local emergency number or drive the patient to the emergency room. Less severe reactions may be treated at home by washing the bite area thoroughly with soap and water and placing ice on the wound for 10 minutes at a time. For further instructions, call the National Poison Control Center. In most cases, symptoms should improve within 48 hours.