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lnsect Bites
l thought l'll start up a thread about how to recogize the bites of an insect.The source of the information you see is from the msm webpage and also the photos.

Love the great outdoors? So do bugs, who enjoy summer nibbles just like the rest of us. Unfortunately, the playing field changes considerably when you're the critter food.

The Ugly Truth: Bugs and Their Bites
Do you know the difference between a spider or a tick bite? Lice or flea bites? Here's how to identify the bugs, their bites, and determine the best course of treatment.


Bed Bugs
Bed bugs love warmth, so it's apt that they're named after their preferred cozy destinations—mattresses, bedding, carpets and other furniture. Mature bed bugs are reddish-brown, have a flat oval shape and are about 1/8 inch. They're most active in the evening and will take up residence just about anywhere—posh hotel or freeway dive. These bugs can hop a ride on individuals from bed to bed, so they're found all over the world.

Bed Bug Bites

Bed-bug bites look like mosquito bites, but they tend to last longer, with a rash taking as much as a week to appear. Sometimes bite marks show up on the skin in groups of three, neatly lined up in a row. But it's estimated that as many as half of those bitten never see a bite mark, This, along with their cagey nocturnal habits, can make identification difficult. The bed bug’s injecting saliva into the skin often causes intense itching and burning. Breaking the skin’s surface by scratching can cause infection.


Head Lice
About the size of a sesame seed, the adult head louse is red-brown with six legs—all of them well adapted to grab onto the hair of young children. Not surprisingly, head lice go wherever the kids are and spread their mischief through head-to-head contact or children’s clothing that are piled on top of each other, says Phillips. Nits, the eggs laid by head lice in a child’s hair and which hatch after a week, also need to be removed.

Infected Scalp from Head Lice
The six-legged wingless head louse injects its secretions into the scalp, resulting in a rash. Although these lice don’t transmit pathogens, scratching the rash can help create sores, which can then become hot and painful or infected. Head lice are often treated with medicated shampoos or lotions, but the best approach is prevention.

Because children from ages 3 to 10 are favorite targets of head lice, Rosenbaum advises parents to examine the scalps of their kids on a regular basis, especially if playmates and school pals have been infected.


While we've all likely encountered ticks of one kind or another, one of the most notorious is the deer tick. After it bites, the deer tick can regurgitate a bacterial organism called a spirochete into the skin while sucking their blood. Deer tick spirochetes cause Lyme disease.
Deer Tick Bite
The longer a deer tick is attached to your body, the greater the chance it has regurgitated the spirochete, says Rosenbaum. Receiving an antibiotic treatment within 24 hours of being bitten increases your chances of preventing Lyme disease, so it's advisable to head to an emergency room as soon as you find a deer tick on you, he says.

Under no circumstances should you try to remove the tick yourself, cautions Rosenbaum. Trying to burn off the tick with a match or applying rubbing alcohol to the site may adversely prompt the tick into streaming more spirochete into the wound, he says. One way to protect against these bites is to cover up top-to-bottom when walking in deer-tick habitats.
Bull's Eye Rash from Lyme Disease
The dreaded bull's-eye rash associated with Lyme disease has its own name—erythema migrans—which develops, after several days, at the site of the bite. This eruption expands outward, like a bull's-eye, and often the surrounding bands alternate between clear and red.

The rash, which indicates the infection is spreading, can occur even after you receive antibiotic treatment, says Rosenbaum. The bull's-eye rash is just the first of many Lyme disease symptoms, which may also include fatigue, joint and muscle pain, headache, vomiting, meningitis, liver problems, and either slow or quick heart beats. If Lyme disease becomes chronic, the joints may swell and be painful. Because the bull's-eye rash is consistent with Lyme disease, it's important to seek medical treatment for it, says Rosenbaum.

Flea Bites
As part of their blood-sucking agenda, fleas cause havoc by injecting saliva into the skin. Their bites leave red marks which, if itchy, can be treated with over-the-counter antihistamine or hydrocortisone products.

Fleas tend to jump off their target on their own, but sometimes they linger. When that happens, sometimes dabbing them off with adhesive tape is the best solution. Making sure Fido is free of fleas is an important step in preventing human flea bites.

Bee Stings
The stinger of a honey bee is a barbed configuration that delivers potent allergens into a bite victim. People sensitive to the venom can experience symptoms like difficulty breathing or swallowing, elevated heart rate, swelling of the skin, mouth, throat or tongue, or an overall body rash. In more severe cases, the person may experience anaphylactic shock due to a severe allergic response, and even death.

For this reason, says Rosenbaum, anyone who is stung and who has an allergic tendency—such as eczema or asthma—should seek immediate medical attention. If you can see the stinger, pull it out, says Rosenbaum.


lnsect Bites
I got a bite or a sting last year when I was in Yalikavak. A little firm lump has formed where the bite was. My doctor says its not harmful but wasn't able to tell me what had bitten me or why the small lump had formed.

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