How to Identify Types of Insect Bites
When a bite mark appears on our skin often we have no idea what type of insect it came from, which becomes a problem in case of bites that are inflamed, infected or that look odd. It is always good to be able to tell, so on oneHOWTO we explain how to identify types of insect bites, so you know and can react accordingly.
Mosquito bites are the most common types that occur. Normally mosquitoes bite the arms, neck, shoulders and generally any area that is exposed. They do it in one area and scattered area, they are itchy and swell a little, but after a few minutes they stop bothering you.
Mosquito bites are harmless in the majority of cases, but in others they can transmit diseases such as Dengue, Malaria or Chikungunya, which is why you should see a doctor if you also have a fever, fatigue and general discomfort.
With bee stings the pain is acute when it occurs. The area often reddens around the bite, which burns and hurts. This type of insect bite is dangerous because of the large number of people allergic to bee venom, if that's the case you should seek medical help immediately.
If you don't have an allergy to the sting it's harmless, even though it may feel uncomfortable.
Flea and bedbugs bites are very similar. These insects also bite in a row, with two or three bites and continue so they can suck blood. This kind of bite often occurs on the ankles and feet, however if we are somewhere infested with fleas or bed bugs they can bite all over. They are small bites similar to those of mosquitoes, which redden easily and cause great itching.
Ticks are found abundantly in forests, fields and open spaces, can get close to humans usually through pets. They can be very small but as they fill with blood they increase in size. These settle on your head buried into the skin to feed, causing pain, itching and discomfort where they settle. When removing them it is important to ensure that they have not burrowed under the skin , they're bite does not go unnoticed causing minor injuries in most cases.
For more information take a look at our article on what to do if ticks bite you.
We must be attentive to the way in which the insect bite evolves. If you notice that it because more red each day, that it burns more, itches more or is infected, go to the doctor right away. Do the same if you present with any malaise or any other unusual symptoms.
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