During outdoor activities, insects can bite you easily. Therefore, you must know how to treat insect bites. Treating insect bites is easy with simple steps given in this article.

How To Treat Insect Bites

Earth is not a habitat of human beings only; it also inhabits zillions and zillions of species which are exceptionally unique and fascinating, adding a special charm to the glorious beauty of nature. One of these species is insects. There is a wonderful world of insects that exists in the lap of Mother Nature. According to research, it has been estimated that there are over 1 million species of only insects present in the world; and that every day, a new specie is introduced in the list. Isn’t their selfdom amazing? However, don’t be too happy for out of the numerous insect species, there are many that are destructive by nature and can harm people with their dreadful bites. There is a huge variety of insects that bite humans such as mosquitoes, fleas, bedbugs, midges, ticks, etc. There are also insects like bees and wasps, which do not bite but sting. Humans encounter insect bites often during daily activities, especially in warm and humid weather. Therefore, it is a must to know how to treat insect bites. For the same, an underlyingknowledge about the types and symptoms of the bite is cardinal. General symptoms include redness, itchness, pain and swelling in the effected region. There are also insects whose bite can give birth to some allergic reactions. Treating insect bites is not a laborious task and can be performed at home only.
Treating Insect Bites
  • First, wash the insect bite with mild soap and water. Now apply antiseptic ointment. This would lower down the infection risk.
  • If you are experiencing a lot of itching near the infected area, then you can moist that skin area with water. Also, rubbing an aspirin tablet over the bite can help you treat it, as it contains anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Calamine lotion, ice packs and anti-histamine creams can help greatly in decreasing swelling and itchiness generated from the bite of the insect.
  • If the above mentioned lotions or creams are not available, you can treat your swelling and itching with salt. For the same, take 1/2 tsp of salt in a bowl. Add a few drops of water  to moisten the salt. Using a spoon, mix the two to form a paste. Apply this fine paste on the bitten area. Apply an adhesive bandage over it to keep the paste in place.
  • Another home remedy to treat caused due to the insect bite is baking soda. Take a glass of water and add one tsp baking soda in it. Now take a clean cloth and dip it into the solution. Put this dipped cloth onto the bite for about 20 minutes or so.
  • Take a bowl and pour a quarter of hot water into it. Now mix one tsp Epsom salt in it. Cool this solution in the refrigerator until it gets chilled. Then soak clean cloth into this solution and apply on the bite for 20-25 minutes.
  • If a tick bites you, then very carefully pull out the tick from your skin. Never leave the mouthpart embedded as it can give birth to infection. You can use tweezers to do the same. Wash the affected area thoroughly with a mild soap and water. Next, apply an antiseptic cream onto the bite.  
  • In case you have been bitten by a spider, then instantly clean the affected area with soap and water. Apply an ice pack over the infected area. This would reduce the venom’s absorption. You can also moist the bite with water and rub an aspirin tablet to reduce the poison. Apply an antiseptic lotion later.
  • To avoid swelling to increase, remove the stinger from the skin with the help of fingernail or an edge of any plastic delicately. The sooner you pull it out, the lesser swelling and pain you will suffer.
  • Also, in case of sting, you can neutralize the inflammatory chemicals with the help of heat. You can treat the sting with heat through hair or blow dryer.
  • To remove the poison, you can open some charcoal capsules and moist its powder. Now apply this paste on the affected area and apply gauze onto it.
  • The very easily available remedy if the insect has bitten you in the garden or a park is mud. Take some mud and mix it with water. Now apply this paste on the bitten area and cover it with some clean cloth until mud becomes dry. 
  • Try to wear long pants and jackets to decrease the skin exposure.
  • When a black widow spider bites, its venom causes severe abdominal pain. Sometimes people assume this pain to be the pain that one feels during appendicitis. To avoid this confusion, ensure that you tell the doctor about the spider bite.
  • Brown spider can also give rise to sore lumps, even after some weeks of biting. Consult a doctor in the same case.
  • If after all the home remedies the pain and swelling still persists, consult a doctor immediately.    

Treating insect bites are essential as they can take a severe face if the immediate treatment is not carried out.

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