Insect Bites And Stings: Know The Symptoms

Insect Bites And Stings: Know The Symptoms

Insect bites can induce a wide range of reactions in different people, depending on their sensitivity to allergens. Insects usually bite or sting in self-defense whenever they feel threatened. They can inject venom that can trigger allergic reactions in the victim. Some bites and stings may not be painful enough for you to even realize that it has happened; others can be very painful, but you still may not realize that the cause was an insect bite. So how will you recognize that you have been bitten or stung?

Do keep in mind that different insect bites or stings may have varying symptoms. If you notice any of the following symptoms, you may have been bitten or stung by insects, and must seek medical help as soon as possible:

  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Itching
  • Bumps or rashes
  • Hardened skin
  • Blisters
  • Pain in the affected area
  • Red bumps surrounded by a halo
  • Burning sensation
  • Puncture marks on skin
  • Raised white or flesh-colored lines
  • Scaly or flaky skin
  • Puffiness of skin

While these are merely symptoms, remember that insects can spread many diseases, some fatal, through their bites and stings, such as:

  • Malaria
  • Sleeping sickness
  • Relapsing fever
  • Leishmaniasis
  • Lyme disease
  • Plague
  • Yellow fever
  • Dengue
  • Encephalitis

This makes it imperative that you get insect bites and stings looked at immediately in order to rule out any of the above conditions.

If you or a loved one has got bitten or stung, you need to administer some basic first aid, and then seek expert help:

  • Wash the affected area with soap and water.
  • Apply a cold compress – either a cloth soaked I cold water or filled with ice.
  • Keep swollen hands and legs elevated.
  • Apply cream, lotion or gel-like calamine lotion to the affected area to soothe skin; creams containing lidocaine or hydrocortisone can help with pain alleviation.
  • Take some over the counter pain relief medication and antihistamines to get immediate relief.

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