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How to Treat a Bug Bite

Posted on Jul 22, 2014 10:33:08 AM by healtheo360

You might not be able to avoid bugs during the summer and you will get bit, so it is important to know how to treat a bug bite successfully to avoid infection.

How to treat a bug bite

10 Dangerous Bugs to look for during the Summer


Black Widow Spider  Black widow spider
This spider has red markings on it back and about the size of a paper clip. Careful of this spider! Its venom is stronger than a rattlesnake’s.



Tarantula SpiderTarantula Spider
If provoked, the bite can be painful and cause rashes, although their venom isn’t deadly. Tarantula spiders have a hairy appearance and their fuzzy legs can grow up to 10 inches.



BeeAfricanized Bee
Found in the southern states, these bees travel in swarms to new beehives. Won’t attack unless they feel their new hive is in danger.Their stings are painful so be careful of them!



Mosquitoes can transmit illnesses and have killed thousands throughout the world. Usually their bites are itchy and leave a small bump on the skin.



Red fire antsRed Fire Ants
Commonly found on golf courses, picnic grounds, and parks. These ants are half an inch long and can sting.



Wasps have a shiny body that can resemble a honeybee. The only difference is wasps don’t lose their stinger, granting sting repetition.



Brown Recluse SpiderBrown Recluse Spider
Usually found in the Midwest and South, these spiders have a violin-like shape on their backs and can range from being brown to tan. They are only dangerous when provoked.



Often comes out during nights and found in warm climates. Recognized by its narrow tail that curves forward, its sting can use rashes or something more serious.



These pests can be found in the woods and can carry Lyme disease. Ticks attach to the skin and are very tiny. Do full body checks for ticks and remove immediately.



Centipedes and MillipedesCentipedes and Millipedes
These bugs have million of tiny legs that resembles worms. They are not poisonous but the venom can cause an allergic reaction to some people.



What to do when you get a bug bite
· Use DEET-free insect repellant to prevent insect bites from becoming inflamed
· Keep nails short clean to avoid infection while itching
· Apply calamine lotion on the bites immediately to avoid irritation

Best way to treat bug bites and rashes over the summer
· Wash with water, wipe with hydrogen peroxide, and apply calamine lotion on the bite
· Keep the area dry and clean
· Try avoiding itching by taking Zyrtec or Benadryl to control itchiness

What you must NEVER do when treating a bug bite
· Applying a bandage over a bite; can cause bacteria infection growth
· Touching the bite with dirty hands
· Scratch the bite

When should you be worried?
· The bite could be infected with streptococcus or staphylococcus bacteria when the bite swells even more and a “red heat” sensation continue to spreads for the next 2 days. See your doctor as soon as possible.

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