Types of Insect Bites or Stings and Their Effects
Eastern Eye Staff
It’s difficult to imagine various types of insects and their bites or stings, but the truth is that they exist. These bites or stings can be dangerous because they can cause various diseases such as anaphylaxis. Make sure that you and your family are aware of these dangerous bites and stings.
The article will cover all the different types of insect bites or stings with information on how to avoid them as well as what you can do if you’ve already been bitten or stung by one.
1. Honeybee Stings
Honeybee stings can be painful and often happen when you are in the garden or in nature. If this happens, one should never apply ice on the affected area but hot compresses instead. It’s also important to know that if you have allergies to bees, chances are very high that your child will also have them.
Beta blockers are used for bee sting allergies, which help by reducing swelling. If there is no access to these medications, then take antihistamines before going out into the garden or anywhere else where there are many honeybees.
2. Mosquito Bites
There are different types of mosquito bites, including the following:
– Palpitation or local reaction. This is a bump or a raised bump on your skin that causes itching and pain, which usually disappears within 24 hours.
– Cutaneous reaction. The bite leaves behind a slightly painful red blister which can appear anywhere from an hour to two days after being bitten. These blisters can be very itchy and contain lymphocytes that will go away by themselves in seven to 10 days. In some rare cases, these blisters get infected by bacteria and need antibiotics to heal them.
– Systemic reaction. This appears between one and three weeks after being bitten by a mosquito and is characterized by fever, nausea, vomiting, headache, dizziness, and malaise. It’s important to seek medical help right away in such cases because if not treated, it can lead to seizures, coma, or even death.
– Cutaneous leishmaniasis. This happens when a mosquito bites an infected sand fly and then starts biting humans as well, transmitting the infection through its saliva. After being bitten by this type of insect, you will experience skin ulcers that are very slow to heal.
Make sure to get rid of mosquitoes on your property. If ordinary repellents don’t work, contact a company that provides mosquito control and treatment to help you eliminate the problem.
3. Tick Bites
Tick bites are dangerous because infected ticks can transmit Lyme disease or Rocky Mountain spotted fever which are life-threatening diseases that need immediate treatment with antibiotics. These diseases develop after two weeks following the tick bite, so it’s very difficult to diagnose them before this time has passed.
4. Black Widow Spider Bites
A bite from a widow spider will cause muscle cramping in the abdomen region as well as nausea, vomiting, and an increase in blood pressure which leads to death in some cases because it causes bleeding inside your body that is uncontrollable.
5. Hornet Bites
Hornet stings are excruciating and can be dangerous in people who have heart disease or neurological disorders. A hornet’s sting is full of irritating venom that causes severe swelling, which makes breathing difficult for some people. If you get stung, the best thing to do is wash the area with soap and water or if it’s on an extremity, elevate it above your heart.
6. Fire Ant Bites
These bites are very dangerous since fire ants have a formic acid in their bodies which causes redness, pain, and itching in the affected area. Treating these bites is to take an antihistamine before going outdoors in places where many fire ants are present.
9. Yellow Jacket Bites
Yellow jackets are another type of wasp primarily found in the Southern part of the United States. In fact, it’s one of the most aggressive stinging insects, and they will continue to sting you until they lose their stingers or die after being sprayed with insecticides. Treating a yellow jacket bite is similar to treating a bee sting, except you can use ice packs, painkillers, and antihistamines for treatment.
10. Bed Bug Bites
Bites from these insects often occur when they are in their hiding places. They prefer to bite at night when you’re in a deep sleep, so it’s hard to know when you get bitten. In most cases, the bites go unnoticed and may not even appear until a week later, when they start itching and become painful. There isn’t really much that can be done for bed bug bites other than using antihistamines or painkillers.
Making sure to keep your house clean and well-protected is the best way to avoid insects. If you find any unwanted insects in your household, try simple home remedies that you know or learn from the Internet. If the problems persist, contact an exterminator immediately to help you solve them.