No one likes those itchy or painful red marks left after a bug bites you. But during the summer it is nearly impossible to avoid them. There are many different types of bugs that bite during these warm months. There are mosquitoes, horse flies, fleas, biting ants, and many more. Though these bites can be very unpleasant to experience the bites are usually easy to heal and should go away quickly on their own. If they are extra itchy or bothersome, here are a few tips to help the healing process move along faster and be less uncomfortable:
If possible, try to identify exactly what has bitten you, this could be helpful later if you have any irregularities in the healing process.
- Try your best to not scratch at the bite. If you scratch at it too much you could open up your skin and create a perfect situation for a skin infection to happen.
- Take ibuprofen to help with any pain or swelling.
- If there is swelling elevating the area and using an ice pack can help to reduce it.
- Over the counter hydrocortisone cream could also help in offering some relief from the itching.
- Most of all, know that most bites should go away on their own within a few days. If you notice any kind of allergic reaction, seek medical attention as soon as possible.
While encountering these biting insects seems inevitable, there are a few things that you can do to prevent yourself and your loved ones from being their next target:
- Wear light colored, long sleeve shirts and pants when feasible. Mosquitoes are attracted to darker colors, and darker color bugs and insects are more easily seen on lighter colored clothing
- Show as least amount of skin as possible.
- Use an insect repellant that contains Deet, or for a more natural option, try products that contain oil of lemon eucalyptus.
- Avoid going outside during the cooler morning, and evening hours when insects are most active.
- Stay out of long grass and heavily wooded areas because insects use these cool shady areas for shelter during the hot summer days.
- Do not sit directly on the ground. Ants and other crawling insects are not afraid of you and will continue on their path and crawl and bite all things that are a threat to them.
- Educate your family and loved ones about insects and how to avoid them.
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