10 Most Common Bug Bites And Stings You Should Be Able To Recognize This Summer
June 21, 2018 11:38 By Mambee
Let's face it: Everyone is likely to be bitten or stung by an insect, especially in summer time. Although bug bites seem to be risk-free, some of them may become pretty serious, causing skin damage, swelling or intense itching. It's better to know what exactly has stung or bitten you in order to treat the wound correctly. Here are the types of bug bites you need to know about this summer.
As soon as you see the attacked spot, you need to remove the sting - if it's still there. As you do that, your skin might get immediately red and swollen. You are almost certain to feel a burning sharp pain, and severe itching.
Although bee's bites are not very dangerous in themselves, they might bring you severe breathing problems, especially if you are allergic to bee poison. No jokes here.
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The affected area will start swelling and get red. In addition, skin blistering can occur, so cooling the area might help significantly. Although the sting of the hornet isn't overwhelmingly dangerous, it might cause an allergic reaction as well. If your lips turn blue, you feel numb, and almost cannot breathe, you must seek medical help immediately.
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Mosquito bites look like berry-sized red spots that might affect virtually all areas of your body. Mosquitoes choose the open body areas where the skin is thin enough for them to get closer to the blood vessels. When mosquitoes bite, they inject their saliva right into the wound. That's what causes redness, itching, and swelling.
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The wasp is one of the most notorious summer blights, delivering a sting not dissimilar to any other insect,. The affected area gets red and starts swelling, but the victim begins experiencing severe pain and terrible itching. In rare cases, bleeding can also occur. It's especially important for you to know whether you're allergic or not, as wasps are different from bees - they sting several times.
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Flea bites are often mistaken for mosquito bites, or allergies, they're quite difficult to self-diagnose. However, there's one big difference you need to know about: Unlike mosquito bites, these are extremely painful and quite itchy.
In most cases, fleas bite people legs several times. That's the reason people usually notice several bites separated by gaps of approximately 1 or 2 cm after the attack, so to speak.
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The common reaction of the body to a tick bite is a small, barely noticeable red spot. Since the insect can stay under the victim's skin for a long time, the spot becomes bigger and easier to self-diagnose.
The worst thing about ticks is that they can infect people with many diseases, including borreliosis and encephalitis. If you notice that a red spot doesn't disappear after the insect is removed, you should see a doctor ASAP.
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Alhough clegs look like big flies, its bite is much more painful. At first, you'll see a red spot appearing and growing no more than 1 mm wide. Then, it will start itching and swelling.
Just like ticks, clegs affect people in many different ways, transmitting such diseases as anthrax and tularemia. However, in most cases, clegs attack cattle.
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Although most ants don't pose any threat to humans, red ants are different: Not only do they bring pain, but their poison can also cause allergic reactions and even lead to an anaphylactic shock.
The normal bite looks like a small pink spot, but the skin can get tender and itchy. You can feel a sudden pain at the moment of the bite, but, afterward, it disappears.
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These bites are easy to ignore, as they look like an allergic reaction or a small mosquito bite, as the skin gets red and swollen. However, if such bites get very close to each other, looking like little roadmaps on your skin, these are the painful traces of bedbugs night-time hunt.
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If small red spots appear in places where your hair grows, it could be the result of lice's cruel attacks. The most common symptom of head lice is severe itching. Run a lice comb through your hair to find out whether or not you have lice.
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Your friends on Facebook may also need to know about the differences between insects bites, so don't forget to share this post with them, especially if you find it helpful!
Have a fun summer and may insects stay away from you! Good luck!