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Are you able to recognize insect bites so you can react the right way?

Are you able to recognize insect bites so you can react the right way?
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Biting insects are numerous and when you get bitten, you are not always sure of the one responsible and even less of what to do ...

To know how to react when you got bitten by an insect, you must be able to differentiate them. Here are the 6 most commonly encountered bites.


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1-Mosquito. I'm sure you can easily recognize the mosquito bite, we've all been bitten very often! I start with that one because you recognize it, which may not be the case for the next ones. The mosquito bite looks like a pink bubble and it causes localized itching. In most cases, there is no need to intervene, but if you develop other symptoms such as fever, joint pain, headaches and swollen glands, see a doctor: the mosquito was possibly carrying a virus.


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2-Flea. Personally, I would never have known that these little white buttons are flea bites! A few hours after the sting, rashes appear, accompanied by itching and swelling of the skin. When you press the bite, it becomes whitish and dilate. An animal may have transmitted its fleas to you, but they may also have infested a room, a bed, a piece of furniture...


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3-Bee: Usually, the bee is seen after being stung because the insect remains close to its victim. I imagine it loves to watch us suffer! But if you do not see what stung you, bee sting causes localized redness, swelling and edema. Besides, a bee leaves its stinger in your skin (a wasp does not leave its stinger), so you will know if it is a bee that is responsible for your immediate and very intense pain! Remove the stinger as quickly as possible with tweezers, without squeezing the skin. A cream with cortisone will relieve the redness and itching. If you experience any other symptoms such as vomiting, difficulty breathing or falling pressure, please go to the emergency!

Tick - Lyme Disease

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4-tick. Responsible for the very serious Lyme disease, the tick is to watch closely. What you see in the picture is a sign of Lyme disease: 2 red rings separated by a ring of lighter skin. It would be urgent to consult if this is the case! When the tick stings an animal or a human, it sinks into the skin and stays there for up to 24 hours. It is important to examine the skin - and get help for places you do not easily see yourself - every time you come back from an excursion into woodlands and forests.


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5-Ant. Not all species of ants sting, fortunately! But when they do, their sting is a bit like fleas. As some species secrete venom, the sting can be quite painful. If the pain persists, apply a cistisone-based cream.


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6-Bedbugs . Bedbug bites are not often recognized for what they are. In general, the itching is mild, but it is possible to make an allergic reaction if there are many bites or if you scratch a lot. The best clue to know if you've been bitten is that it scratches when you wake up! Consult a doctor if there are many bites or severe symptoms. And above all, do not go back in this bed ...

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