If you were stung by something and you don’t know what it was, we can tell you how to identify the most common bites (5 of them can be extremely dangerous)
By: Mariel Reimann
1. Bed bugs
The problem with these insects is that they only come out at night while we sleep. When they bite, they let out a substance that numbs the affected area, making us feel the pain long after the bug goes away and we can’t find it.
Bed bugs hide in mattresses, bedding, dark places and damp places. When they bite, they bite three or four times in one area on your skin. They leave red bumps where they bite and they cause a lot of itching.
Two of the most dangerous spider bites come from Black Widows and the Brown Recluse. They also like to hide in dark, damp places, and these bites can be deadly if they’re not treated quickly.
To identify a spider bite, look at the affected area. If you see two red dots known as “schematic points,” get help immediately— especially if you live in an area where poisonous spiders are common.
If tick bites get infected, they can be extremely dangerous. They can get into the nervous system and can lead to paralysis if left untreated.
If you’ve been outside for a long time in a place where ticks are common, it’s important to check everywhere to make sure there aren’t any ticks hidden on your skin. They can even get on your scalp, so you really do have to check everywhere.
You can identify a scorpion sting by a red dot with red surrounding the area. Another sign is very intense pain. In these cases, it’s important to know what type of scorpion stung you if you saw it, how old the affected person is and how much poison was injected.
5. Bees or wasps
Wasp and bee stings can be extremely painful for some people, but their stings can be deadly to people who are allergic to them.
The sting has a red dot, and the surrounding skin becomes inflamed and discolored. If you don’t know whether a person is allergic to bees or wasps, it’s important to watch them closely. If the person is experiencing more symptoms than pain, they should seek medical attention.
Less dangerous bites
Red ant bites are usually quite painful and annoying, especially as the area becomes infected and inflamed. They usually look like a zit or blister with a surrounding red area.
Although the bite is painful, the pain usually passes quickly.
You can tell you’ve been bitten by fleas because of the itch it causes. Just like bed bugs, these also occur in groups. Fleas can infect animals and humans.
Even though these bites are annoying, they’re luckily harmless.
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Chemicals & Twisting
* DO NOT PUT CHEMICALS ON THE TICK
* DO NOT TWIST THE TICK TO REMOVE IT
5. BEES OR WASPS
If you see fresh stings on your skin, do the following:
- Wash the area with cold water and a bit of soap to kill bacteria. You may also use alcohol to get rid of infection, but it may cause stronger irritation.
- The golden rule of flea bite treatment is NOT to scratch the bites. Resist itching and craving to touch the dots. Otherwise, you will spread the infection, and your skin will cure much longer.
- Apply Aloe Vera gel, or a freshly cur leave on the bites. It will relieve irritation and itching, soothing skin and helping it to regenerate. It also works well for pets, and does not do any harm if licked. Though, the more it stays, the more it helps.
- Have green or black tea bags in your kitchen? They may come in handy this time! You may reduce redness and inflammation by putting used bags on the rash.
- Use icepack repeatedly to suppress itching and inflammation.
- If you have some calamine lotion, or anesthetic remedies, do not hesitate to use them to ease irritation.
How to treat flea bites on humans with what you have at home? Here are some recipes that proved to be quite effective:
- Witch hazel helps after bites of any insect, relieving skin inflammation and all kinds of itching.
- Rub fresh basil leaves or essential oil on the skin, and that will contribute to faster cure.
- Use calendula flowers the same way: this is a nice remedy for pain and swelling after bee sting and other kinds of bites.
- Wash skin, or make compress with comfrey tea to accelerate healing of tissue.
- Echinacea tinctures can be applied to numb itching and pain, and they also serve to disinfect the place of sting.
- Lavender essential oil or tea works well as an anti-inflammatory and antiseptic remedy. Applied on the skin, it relieves itching.
- Fresh plantain leaves help to cure rash and reduce irritation.
Find out how to effectively use essential oils for bug bites and stings. See our lists of insect bite and sting symptoms and loads of effective remedies.
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How to Protect Yourself from Stinging Insects
Bees, hornets, and wasps are some of the many different kinds of insects that sting really hard when they have a mind to. Estimates suggest that nearly 500,000 people in theUK find themselves in A&E as a result of being bitten or stung by an insect. So, if you have no desire to be counted among them, or want to be cautious because you have young children, be sure to keep the following tips in mind:
Apply a good repellent
Many repellents that promise to sort out wasp problems, and problems associated with similar insects, tend to be quite toxic and not great for the health. However, there are some great natural insect repellents available on the market that are safe for you and the environment, but do their job well.Your task is to find a good repellent based on your needs and use it regularly.
Wear the right clothes
If you walk outdoors wearing something covered with flowery designs, there is a good chance that you will be attractive to bees or wasps. That is because many insects mistake flowery clothes for a real flower filled with pollen! The same is true for clothing items that are brightly coloured. Your best bet is to wear clothes that have light colours, that are less busy, and do not attract much attention.
Get rid of flowery plants
If getting rid of wasps from your immediate environmentis a priority, and you are trying to make your life free from insects that sting, it is not a good idea to grow flowery plants right next to the house.Most flowery plants naturally attract a lot of different types of stinging insects, so it is best to surround your property with non flowering plants, and grow plants that do bear flowers so they can be admired from a safe distance.
Keep your food covered
Insect control in general, particularly wasp control, can be tricky if you are in the habit of leaving sweet or sticky food and drinks out in the open. If getting bitten by an insect is not exactly your idea of fun,make sure that you keep food items covered, especially when throwing an outdoor party or eating alfresco. Keep food in sealed containers until it is needed,and go for children’s drinks that are less sugary.
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