How to Identify 5 Common Insect Bites and Their Treatments

Insects can be found anywhere, be it your home or anywhere else. While some insects don’t cause much harm, some can be deadly and may cause serious allergies. You don’t know when you may get bitten by one, so you should always have at least the knowledge of the insect bits and also their treatment for protecting yourself from serious allergic reactions.

In this article, we are listing the very common insect bites along with their treatment. Pay attention and remember to cure them if you come through!

1. Wasp / Bee

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It is a very common insect. It can be mild as well as severe in some cases. Generally, the area stung by a wasp/bee becomes red, swollen and very itchy. You can see the stinger in the center. There are sharp pain and burning sensation in that area.

How to treat:

  • First of all, run away from wasp/bee to prevent further stings and apply a repellent.
  • Wash the area with soap and water.
  • Remove the stinger as soon as possible using your nails or something. Apply a cold compress.
  • Apply Apple Cider Vinegar, or even some pain reliever balm to reduce pain and swelling.

2. Spider

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Except for some household spiders, most of the spider bites are harmless. It will just leave a red mark and the area will swell a bit. Some dangerous spider bites include a black widow spider bite that can leave two puncture marks and a brown recluse spider bite will leave a bump with a white blister.

How to treat:

  • In case of a harmless spider bite, just carefully wash the area with soap and water and then apply a cool compress. After that, use a good antibiotic ointment to it.
  • In case you find out the symptoms of a black widow spider or a brown recluse spider, elevate the affected area to prevent the venom from spreading. Then, to further prevent the venom from spreading in other parts of the body, tie a snug bandage above it.
  • Then, immediately go for some medical help.

3. Red Fire Ant

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The most dangerous type of ants is the tiny red fire ants. You will find red spots that cause a severe fiery sensation and after a day or two, there will form some whitish pustules which are very itchy and a bit painful. Over time, these usually turn into scars.

How to treat:

  • First, wash the area with soap and water then rub some ice cubes to reduce the pain. Cover it with a bandage.
  • The fire ant stings don’t require special treatment, the pain and itchiness will go after a few days.
  • Meanwhile, you can use pain relievers, cool compress and antihistamines to deal with discomfort.
  • Moreover, it is doesn’t cure after a week and the sting is getting worse day after day then it can be a sign of some infection. In such a case, immediately seek some medical help.

4. Mosquito

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Mosquitos are everywhere, and almost everyone has to deal with it. A mosquito bite is very common, they are hard, red, puffy and itchy bumps with a point at the center. These are grape-sized and often have a blob shape.

How to treat :

  • Wash the area with soap and water.
  • Although it is irresistible, try not to scratch otherwise, it will leave marks or may cause further infection.
  • Apply a cold compress. You can also apply soothing creams like aloe vera gel, honey.
  • Apply baking soda+water paste to relieve itching.
  • Take a cold shower.
  • If symptoms like high fever, chills, headache persist then immediately see a doctor. It could be Malaria or something.

5. Bed Bugs

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Bed bug bites are generally a group of small red bumps close to each other. These can be in a straight line, in a cluster or in any random pattern. These red spots have a dark dot in the center. These are generally found at the exposed body area like arms, neck, back, etc.

How to treat:

  • Wash the area with soap and cold water or the best idea is to take a cold shower.
  • Do not touch or scratch the bumps.
  • Apply soothing creams and chilled aloe vera gel.
  • Cover the area with a damp cloth.

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