Nothing takes the fun out of a day outdoors faster than pesky bug bites and stings. From ants to spiders to bees to mosquitoes, any type of bug bite or sting is no fun. Some can even spread more serious illnesses like dengue fever, Lyme disease or malaria. The best way to be prepared is to learn more about the different types of bites and how to treat them.
Types of Insect Bites
Here are just a sample of some of the insect bites and stings that may occur:
Mosquitos, fleas, bed bugs, ticks, biting flies, ants, lice, mites and spiders
Consequently, their bites can result in redness, minor swelling or pain, itching and redness.
Most symptoms are mild, however you do need to take note of those that are carriers of bacteria, viruses and parasites. Infectious diseases such as Zika virus, dengue, Lyme disease, and malaria may occur if it is transmitted by these insect bites.
Sometimes the bites can lead to more severe reactions and symptoms that should be looked at by a medical professional immediately:
- Pain itching or swelling on other parts of your body, like the mouth or face
- Difficulty in breathing
- Nausea, vomiting or Diarrhoea
- Fast heart rate
- Confusion or agitation
- Pale skin
- Swelling of lips, tongue, or throat
- Stomach cramps
- Nausea and vomiting
Tips to Prevent Insect Bites
The best way to stop bites from occurring is to prevent them in the first place.
- Individuals should avoid areas where bugs may live, such as high grasses, wood piles, dark and damp areas. Pay attention to outbreaks and avoid places where they may be a high incidence or cluster of disease outbreaks.
- Wear appropriate clothing if you’re going to be outdoors. Cover your exposed skin as much as possible with long-sleeved shirts, pants, socks and closed toe shoes.
- Use insect repellent. Spray liberally on exposed skin or clothing, following the product instructions.
- Use mosquito netting, especially if you are sleeping in the outdoors or where there are high concentration of bugs
What to Do if You Get Bitten or Stung
Unfortunately, people still get bitten or stung, but you can still be prepared on what to do in case that happens.
- Check to see what insect caused the bite or sting.
- Move away from the area to avoid further bites.
- If there is a stinger lodged in the skin, remove it immediately and wash the area with mild soap and water.
- Find ways to reduce swelling and pain, such as using ice packs around the site of the bite or sting. Apply lotion to calm the skin, use medication or other products to reduce the pain and itching.
Natural Remedies for Bug Bites and Stings
Of course, the best way to deal with insect bites and stings is with natural remedies that are safe for your skin and body. Instead of taking lotions with chemicals and popping pills, why not use products made from natural ingredients that are just as effective to alleviate pain and itching?
mFree Insect Repellent
Made from 100% certified organic lemongrass oil and filtered water, the mFree Insect Repellent protects against biting insects for up to 10 hours. It is safe and chemical free, and does not involve DEET or alcohol. Moreover, you can spray it on your skin (avoid contact with the eyes) liberally without worrying what you are putting on your body.
Miracle Grass Oil
Miracle Grass oil is a natural antiseptic for poisonous insect bites and stings, burns, bruises, boils, wounds and rashes. It stops bleeding and relieves pain quickly, while keeping mosquitoes and insects away. Made from natural ingredients.
Aloe Vera Juice
Aloe is a ‘miracle’ plant that helps with gastro-intestinal issues, improving irritable bowel syndrome, digestion and microbial flora in the intestines. It also helps with skin conditions like burns, cuts, eczema, mouth ulcers, athletes’ foot, and other fungal/parasites. Aloe also helps to boost the immune system to fight bacteria, viruses and cancer cells.
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