Mosquito Bite Treatment
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While the world of insects is fascinating, and one that some people spend their lives exploring, most of us only care about the damage they can do. Generally, this comes down to mosquito bites and insect stings. So, unless you care about why fireflies along the Mae Klong River blink in unison or some other mystery involving creepy crawlers, below is what you need to know about bites and stings.
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How Should I Treat a Mosquito Bite?
Although most of us will experience dozens of them every year, there’s no getting used to a mosquito bite. Even though it may only last a second, that red bump and the itches it brings can feel like they remain for an eternity. However, you absolutely have to resist the overwhelming temptation to scratch. For one thing, it actually makes the histamine agitate your skin, resulting in even more irritation than before. Secondly, it’s incredibly easy to scratch too much, break the skin and leave yourself open to infection. Always wash your bites in cold water and use soap to clean the area. After that, use anti-inflammatories (e.g. NSAIDS, Benadryl and steroids), antihistamines and over-the-counter 1% hydrocortisone cream (if the itch becomes really bad). While it’s rare, if you develop any odd symptoms or it appears you’re suffering from an infection, go see a doctor and get some antibiotics.
Which Insects Can Upset Allergies?
Just about any insect can cause an allergic reaction in someone. However, there are two main factors working behind the scenes. First is the amount of substance an insect injects in you when they attack (e.g. venom from a stinger). For example, if a bee stings you and is able to leave their stinger in for a few seconds, chances are venom is continuing to pump into your body. As you can probably guess, the longer venom is being pumped into you, the more symptoms you’ll experience. Secondly, it will depend on how allergic someone is to these substances. Again, if you look at a bee sting, some people walk away with nothing more than some swelling around where it happened and mild pain that goes away after a couple hours. Other people, though, can suffer from life threatening symptoms if they are extremely allergic to bee venom. This second type of person obviously needs to practice more caution around bees and even carry an EpiPen with them.
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