A guide to surviving a bite by an unknown bug

bugbiteA bug bite is nothing pleasant. Most often we realise that we have been bitten only after a couple of minutes of being actually bitten. We are left with a throbbing red scar, itchy area and in some cases, swelling. What’s creepy though is that we don’t know what the bug was. So, we don’t know how to cure it. We don’t know if we need to seek any medical advice. Here are some useful tips if you get bitten by an exotic bug.

Common bugs bites and their symptoms

Some of the common bug bites you can experience include flea bite, bed bug, fly bites, lice, tick bite or chigger bite.

  1. Flea bites: the symptoms of flea bite appear immediately after being bitten. You can see a red spot encircled by a red halo. You may experience a lot of itchiness and redness around the bite.
  2. Bedbug bites: you may experience rashes that are dark from inside and very itchy. The rashes are usually in a line or in groups, with swelling around them. You may also experience blisters.
  3. Fly bites: the symptoms of fly bites include itchy rashes with pain and inflammation. They can also lead to insect-borne diseases or allergic reactions
  4. Lice: You may get to know about lice when you will have a tickling feeling in your hair or pubic areas. Lice feed on the blood of the host. You may experience irritation, itching and soreness from scratching your skin. In addition to that, you may experience red bumps on your shoulder, neck or pubic areas.
  5. Chiggers: symptoms of chiggers include painful, itchy rashes in the folds of your skin. The bites appear to be blisters or pimples and cause a lot of irritation. Find out more by reading chiggers reviews by pestwiki.
  6. Tick bites:  if you experience rash, burning feeling, blisters, swelling and difficulty in breathing then you may have been bitten by a flea. They usually get attached to the skin after biting and have to be removed.

When to lookout for medical attention

Bug bites are generally not life-threatening. However, if you have a history of severe allergic reactions or skin diseases you may want to seek some medical help. If you experience a lot of swelling, rashes, and itchiness not only around the bite but other parts of the body, seek medical help immediately.

If you experience fever, redness with pus, difficulty in breathing or blisters across the body you should go see your doctor.

Home remedies and medical treatments for bug bites

  • To reduce swelling and pain, apply ice packs covered in towels to the area where you are bitten.
  • If you are experiencing fever, inflammation or severe pain, use ibuprofen. Do not use aspirin to reduce pain.
  • To reduce itching, a paste of baking soda and water can be applied.
  • Calamine lotion is a good remedy for itchiness and redness.
  • Tea tree oil, lavender oil, and toothpaste can also be used to relieve the itching and redness.

    How to prevent bug bite

    The best thing is to avoid being bitten by a bug in the first place; bugs are generally more active in spring or rainy season. Wear full sleeved shirts and pants to avoid contact with bugs. Avoid going in areas having thick vegetation. If you are bitten by a bug, strictly watch the area in case you need to seek medical help if you develop infections.