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Home Health First Aid When Bugs Bite

When Bugs Bite

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bug bites matter

It starts with a simple pinch, prick or touch that leads to itching, scratching and annoying pain.  But which bug bites should you worry about?  Here's a few simple tips to keep in mind when bugs bite.

MosquitoThe Mosquito - Typically pretty harmless bite producing a small red, round bump with itching and some irritation. 

Why you should care? Mosquito bites can spread the West Nile virus but it's only in 1% of the cases and extremely rare.  If a mosquito bite starts to burn or blister 5 to 15 days after a typical mosquito bite. Other symptoms include fever, swollen glands, skin rash and head and body aches.  A severe case may lead to encephalitis, high fever and convulsions. 

Bed BugsBed Bugs - You wouldn't feel these buggers when they are lying next to you, but you'll feel the itchy, reaction 24 hours and up to 3 days later.  Their saliva is what most people is allergic to rather than the bug bite.  

Why you should care? Bed bugs are mainly active at night and feed on the host - you!  So clean cool bedding should prevail.  

spider bitesSpider Bites - There are only a few species of spiders that are deadly in the United States.  A typical spider bite may or may not be painful but within 30-40 minutes, a redness or swollen area may appear.  

Why you should care?  Brown recluse spider bites are rare but some people feel a small sting followed immediately by a sharp pain, while others don't realize they've gotten a bug bite until hours later — in four to eight hours If you are unsure where or when the bite occurred and experience severe pain, abdominal cramping or a growing ulcer at the bite site, you should seek medical attention.  Other severe reactions include loss of consciousness and breath.  

 

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