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What Bit Me? – Identifying Bug Bites

Almost anywhere you go on Earth you will have to deal with bugs. And a portion of these bugs are biters. Most of them don’t bite for the thrill of it. They felt threatened in some way and reacted in self-defense. Conversely, some bugs may bite you because they want to feast on your blood. So here is a list of bugs and what their bite is like.

Ant – Usually small bites that really hurt or itch. Usually come in clusters. They turn red and can itch for hours on end.

Bedbugs – Leave small bites on the skin that are small and itchy. They can become infected and some people are allergic to them which means they can have a severe reaction to the bite.

Bee Sting – Red bump in the middle surrounded by white ring. This is a reaction to the venom. Again, some people are allergic to the venom and the bee sting could be life threatening for a small minority of people.

Fleas – Small itchy welts, usually on ankles or legs. Some bites you can barely feel while others hurt almost as bad as a bee sting.

Mosquitoes – They leave a raised, very itchy bump. The itching can go on for hours.

Spider bites – This type of bite can vary depending on the size and species. They can leave small red bump that barely itches or a raised welt that is painful to the touch. Some spider bites can be life threatening so it is important to keep an eye on the bad bites. Don’t hesitate to go to the Dr. if you think you have been bitten by a poisonous spider.

The CDC issued a report that diseases from mosquito, tick and flea bites are on the rise in recent years. It is important to take the following steps:

  1. Know if you have an allergic reaction to bites.
  2. Don’t wear fragrances if you plan to spend extended time outdoors. These attract insects.
  3. Use a good bug or mosquito repellent.
  4. Wear protective clothing.

No matter what the bite type is, it can become infected. Usually infection brings about swelling, redness and pain that gets worse over time. A mosquito bite that gets infected can start bleeding even days after the bite. They can also generate a clear liquid that oozes from the bite. All of these symptoms are because your body is reacting to the bug bite. It is best to treat with a antiseptic gel, like neosporin, and cover with a band-aid. If the problem persists more than a few days, consult a doctor.

04 Jun
2019

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