Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Insect Bites

Insect bites are definitely something you want to keep an eye on. They can be very uncomfortable to deal with. One of the most common types of insects that bite are mosquitoes. If you aren’t properly prepared for them with a good repellent they can leave bites all over your body. They will become swollen and itchy and it can be difficult to refrain from scratching them.

Some types of insects will bite you as a way of survival. They need to live on the host or they need to take blood from it. Other types of insects will only bite when they feel like they are in danger. It is an instinct that they have by nature to help them continue to be able to survive in their natural habitat. You may not know right away that you have been bitten by an insect. With others there will be instant pain and there will be no mistake that something just isn’t right.

For most of us insect bites are annoying and something we wish to avoid. Other people though may find their life is in danger when they get bitten by such an insect. This is often due to an allergic reaction. Immediate medical attention will be required if this person is to make a full recovery. It is important to let people around you know if you have such an allergic reaction.

With many insect bites there is the risk of some type of health issue. For example the mosquito has been linked to West Nile disease. People have become extremely ill from it and many have even died due to not seeking treatment for it. Do all you can to avoid insect bites for yourself and for your family.

Should someone get bitten and have any type of reaction such as a fever you should get to a doctor right away to have the situation evaluated. Any time there is a rash on the body after an insect bite you should have it looked at. With some types of spider bites you will also experience pus coming out of it. This is definitely something to have your doctor look at. It may be necessary for you to get a shot or an oral antibiotic in order to fully recover from the insect bite.