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Although leeches are relatively harmless, and you are not likely to bleed out from a bite, the blood stain on your clothes can be off-putting to your hiking buddies.

Is there any effective way to counter-act the anti-coagulant leeches inject into the bite, and thus stop the blood-flow in a timely manner?

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As far as I know, there is no way to stop the bleeding with out constant pressure. On the bright side, you only give up 1-3 CCs of blood due to leech bites.

The problem with leech bites and hiking is your heart is pumping harder while you hike, pushing more blood around. Its not uncommon for the bite to last several hours. However short of constant pressure or some type of sealant, I've not heard of anything you can do.

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I'm pretty sure that's right, so I'll accept your answer, but please if someone has a secret trick, let us know. –  LBell Feb 4 '12 at 7:38
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