More people get sick from mosquito, tick, and flea bites than ever before. Climate change is a culprit, yes. But there are other factors at play.
If you happen to hit the beach at any point this summer, here’s a little thought experiment. Scoop up some sand and try to count the grains. Then look left and look right, and try to estimate all the trillions of grains around you. And when you finish that, chew on this fact: By some estimates, there are more insects on earth than there are grains of sand on all the world’s beaches combined.
The number of reported cases of disease from mosquito, tick, and flea bites has more than tripled in recent years, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
While most bug bites and stings are harmless, some can be dangerous if not treated properly -- especially if you have an undiagnosed allergy to a particular bug venom or if that bug is a disease carrier.
Yes, this is in effect an infectious heart disease. You can "catch" heart disease from a bug. You can also catch Chagas Disease from a blood transfusion, when you are given infected blood, or food that the bugs have pooped on, albeit more rarely.
Even though most bites are just itchy nuisances, others can be extremely dangerous and escalate into something far worse if not treated properly. Here’s a lowdown on the pesky critters—and the bites—you need to be on the lookout for.
Photographic review of those pesky insect bites...
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On the other hand, a bed bug is tiny but visible. It can bite humans and leave specific markings on the skin.
Summer can be relaxing. It can be fun. It can be rejuvenating.
Summer, though, can also itch. It can sting. It can bite. In a number of ways, summer might just be a terrible season.
Justin Schmidt does not have any tattoos or piercings. Not that he's afraid of getting pricked. Or rather, stung. By bugs. Schmidt's been stung by many, many, many bugs. Tiny, squishable things that leave temporary marks, but would probably have the most inked-up Hells Angel shaking in his chaps.
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Mosquitoes, biting midges, bedbugs, ticks and fleas will make a meal of us given the opportunity. And it isn’t the pain or annoyance of the bite but our bodies’ reactions that often cause greater problems.
Biting insects are different to stinging insects. The former primarily cause allergic reactions due to the saliva they inject when feeding, while stinging insects (such as ants, bees and wasps) inject venom when they bite.
Bug bites, merely annoying for most of us, can be medically perilous to some who encounter the wrong creepy crawler or experience a severe allergic reaction. When those bites go beyond a bothersome itch, it's important to know what to look for, how your body may react and if this might be the time to see your doctor.
Summer is the season of backyard barbecues, lazy beach days and nights around the campfire. But any time you’re outdoors, you risk contact with insects and arachnids that can leave you covered in stings and bites. If you feel a sting this summer, consult this guide to help figure out what bit you – and whether you should consider seeking medical attention
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Stings and bites from insects are common. They often result in redness and swelling in the injured area. Sometimes a sting or bite can cause a life-threatening allergic reaction or transmit pathogens (viruses, bacteria or parasites, for example) to humans.
Bug bites and stings are, for the most part, no more unpleasant than a homework assignment — kind of annoying but basically harmless.
Occasionally, though, an insect bite or sting can cause serious problems. So you should know when a simple ice pack can bring some relief and when a visit to the local hospital is in order.
Most reactions to insect bites and stings are mild, causing little more than redness, itching, stinging or minor swelling. Rarely, insect bites and stings, such as from a bee, a wasp, a hornet, a fire ant or a scorpion, can result in severe reactions. Some insects also carry disease, such as West Nile virus.
What can I do to keep insects away?
Use structural barriers such as window screens and netting.
Avoid wooded, brushy, and grassy areas when possible.
Don't wear heavily scented soaps and perfumes.
Use caution eating outside and drinking; don't leave drinks and garbage cans uncovered.
Don't wear bright colors, which attract bees.
Wear long sleeves and long pants when possible.
Tuck pant legs into socks or shoes.
Wear a hat for extra protection.
Most insect bites are harmless, though they sometimes cause discomfort. Bee, wasp, and hornet stings and fire ant bites usually hurt. Mosquito, flea, and mite bites usually itch. Insects can also spread diseases. In the United States, some mosquitoes spread West Nile virus. Travelers outside the United States may be at risk for malaria and other infections.
Buzzing bees, marching ants and swarms of midges are becoming as much a part of the British summer as deckchairs, picnics and ice creams.
Get the lowdown on these pesky creatures so you can spot and avoid the ones waiting to feast on you.
If there is a localised allergic reaction (swelling around the site of the sting) then:
•Take an antihistamine tablet as soon as possible. You can buy these at pharmacies, or get them on prescription. (Antihistamines block the action of histamine, which is a chemical that is released by certain cells in the body during allergic reactions.)
•Use a cold compress to ease pain and to help reduce swelling. For example, use a cold flannel or an ice pack.
•Painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen can help to ease the pain.
•Continue with antihistamines until the swelling eases. This may be for a few days.
•See a doctor if the swelling is severe. Your doctor may prescribe a short course of steroid tablets to counter the inflammation