Bug Bite Identification
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BUG BITE IDENTIFICATION: HELP IDENTIFYING COMMON BUG BITES AND STINGS

 

How do you know you have been beaten by a type of bug without necessarily visiting a doctor? Find below an overview of bugs identification.

 

Ants

Sting Appearance

  • Redness on the spot
  • Swelling of the bitten spot

 

Sting Symptoms

  • Slight pain.
  • Allergic reaction: Some people have been known to react to an ant bite. Understanding your own allergies will help you remain calm. Some of these allergies are sneezing, wheezing, hives, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, sudden anxiety, dizziness, finding it difficult to breathe, stiffness of the chest, itching, swollen face.

Note:

There is every chance that a person allergic to wasp and bee stings would show the same signs of allergies when stung by an ant. 

 

Bed Bug

Bite Appearance

  • Red Welts: This can small, raised or even flat.
  • Swelling
  • Red rash
  • The space between the lines can be tight.

Bite Symptoms

  • A burning sensation immediately you are bitten
  • Itching
  • You might not have a reaction. In fact, the bite might not be seen.

 

Notes

You may not notice the symptoms or signs for days, giving even the same bug the chance to bite you regularly.

 

Blister Beetle

Bite Appearance

  • Blisters or welts
  • These blisters and welts are caused by a chemical known as cantharidin

 

Bite Symptoms

  • You discover within a few hours of coming contact with it.
  • Temporary damage to the skin.

 

Note

Avoid crushing the blister beetles on your skin; their chemical can still cause the blister or welts. Instead, remove them.

 

Brown Recluse Spider

Bite Appearance

  • Reddening and swelling
  • You might find blisters at the bite spot

Bite Symptoms

  • Gentle skin irritation. It will cause itching.
  • Cause scratch on the skin.

Note

There are no known and verified fatalities. If left untended, however, you might be faced with deep scarring.

 

Fire Ant

Sting Appearance

  • Red welts or lumps are sure to surface
  • Multiple stings are done in a semi-circular
  • It can evolve into a blister

Sting Symptoms

  • Burning sensation
  • stinging sensation

Notes

Fire ants are persistent. They tend to return to their last stings. 

 

Fleas

Bite Appearance

  • It leaves you with red spots with red haloes around them.
  • A most likely place to find them are legs and feet

Bite Symptoms

- Really itchy

Notes

If your wound is excreting pus, contact a doctor immediately.

 

Horsefly

 

Bite Appearance

  • Bleeding (horseflies love to feed on blood).
  • Reddish bumps

Bite Symptoms

  • Their bites are painful.
  • Soreness to the bitten area.
  • Itchiness of the bitten area.

 

Notes

Horsefly is aggressive. They will bite with a different kind of force. You should treat it immediately with antibacterial medication because their bites are infectious.

 

Lice

Bite Appearance

  • They bite people in pubic hair, armpit, or eyebrow.
  • Bluish-grey skin reactions sores
  • The appearance of small bumps, usually red.

Bite Symptoms

  • Continuous itching, which will likely get worse at night.
  • Presence of eggs in the hair. The eggs are tiny and white and are called nits.

Notes

Itching start at a different time for different people. While it may start immediately for some people, it can start late for some people. We are looking at 2-4 weeks after contact.

 

Mosquito

Bite Appearance

  • Hard bumps
  • Sometimes, you might encounter a puffy bump, which has a red dot right in the middle.
  • Some other bumps are smaller than bumps and might even have semblance with blisters

Bite Symptoms

- Itching

Notes

If you are not mindful in the case of children, you might encounter those with large swellings or even low-grade fever on its.

 

Scabies

Appearance

  • You will find pimple-like rashes around places like your wrist, elbow, buttocks, armpits, nipple, waist, belt-line, buttocks, and even between your fingers
  • You might encounter small raised lines on the surface of your skin.

Symptoms

  • Itching that tends to become intense and worsen by the day
  • Numbness at the sting site
  • Tingling around the sting site
  • Swelling of the affected area

Notes

The itch mites that cause scabies are not always coming intending to bite, instead, they have the intention to burrow and eat your skin.

 

Spiders

- A pair of puncture marks with a close together.

 

Bite Symptoms

  • Widow spiders: They leave you with muscle cramps and pain. Also, they cause blood pressure to increase and cause sweating as well as a skin rash.
  • Violin Spiders:  Anaemia, fever, rash, nausea, bloody urine, vomiting and coma, which is rare.

Notes

There are several things associated with spider bites.

 

Ticks

Bite Appearance

- When you encounter ‘Bulls-eye’ rash on your skin, then you should know you have encountered tick that had Lyme disease.

Bite Symptoms

  • The bite area will be disturbed with a type of redness
  • Itchy feeling.

 

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