Insect Bites

How to treat flea, tick and insect bites

Many non-venomous insects bite, usually to inject anti-coagulant saliva to feed on your blood. Local irritation and allergic reactions do occur from non-venomous bites, but are rare - stings from venomous insects like bees are more likely to provoke allergic reactions.

Prevention

There are two types of prevention for insect bites: repellents and avoidance. The most effective repellent available is DEET, which can be found in sprays and lotions.

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Avoiding Insect Bites

You may not always be able to prevent insect bites, but you can try with these tips:

Itching is the main symptom of insect bites. Pain, swelling / redness, and allergic reactions are other symptoms to look out for with insect bites, but they are extremely rare.

Soothing the Itch

Herbal remedies are especially effective when looking to relieve the itch of insect bites:

Medicinal Remedies

There are also several medicinal remedies you can use to deal with those pesky irritants:

When to See a Doctor

Any systemic reaction should be seen by a doctor immediately. This includes hives, swelling in the face, shortness of breath or wheezing, difficulty swallowing and lightheadedness or fainting. Local reactions generally don't require professional care, however if your local reaction causes enough swelling or pain to distract you from your normal activities or keep you awake despite basic treatment, you should see a doctor.