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Information on Insect Bites

If a person gets bitten by a mosquito, chigger, bedbug or flea, the affected area usually can be recognized by red bumps which are in most cases very itchy.

Most cases may also involve swelling of the affect areas and the swelling may be up to an inch in diameter. If a person gets bitten by a mosquito near the eyes it usually involves swelling which may last for a few days. Mosquito bites can usually be recognized by itchiness, swelling and red dots at the center of swollen area.

The affected areas are usually on the skin surface that is not covered by any clothing. Sometimes, mosquito bites can be the cause of hard lumps under the skin.

Other insects that were mentioned in the text cannot fly and they usually crawl under the clothes.

Flea bites can be affiliated with blisters in some cases. Painful, red bumps can be associated with bites of horseflies, centipedes, deerflies, blister beetles, gnats, harvester ants and fire ants. Fire ant bites may also cause the occurrence of pimples or blisters.

Remedies and Treatment

Calamine lotion and baking soda are both remarkable remedies when applied topically to the affected area. Severe itching can be treated with Hydrocortisone cream.

Itchiness can also be reduced by applying direct pressure to the affected area. Painful insect bites should be treated with meat tenderizers as they are very efficient in relieving painful sensations.

Baking soda can be used for the same purposes. Ice cubes can also come in very handy when it comes to relieving the painful sensations affiliated with certain types of insect bites. Certain types of over-the-counter painkillers can also be of great pain in relieving the pain. Most cases of insect bites can be prevented by applying numerous different types of insect repellents. These can be applied topically to the skin and even clothing before going outside.

The best repellent against the bedbug bites is malathion. The bed can be sprayed with it, but it is always the best solution to call the exterminator because malathion is poisonous.

One can get rid of fleas by applying powders and soaps to the animals. There are skin repellents and clothing repellents. Skin repellents contain deet, while the other type relies on the ingredient referred to as permethrin.

Deet should not be used in children that are younger than 2 months old. Insect bites that involve infections require immediate medical attention.

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