Insect bites are normally considered a relatively minor inconvenience, an expected part of life in the summer time. In certain circumstances, however, they can be far more than just an inconvenience. Allergic reactions and diseases carried and spread by insects can pose major health hazards. When it comes to insect bites, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Appropriate Clothing to Avoid Insect Bites
Heading out on a hike? Be sure to wear long sleeves and tuck pant legs into socks, to prevent ticks from getting an opportunity to attach to the skin. Wear light colors to make it easier to see and remove ticks before they can attach. If you are bitten by a tick, don’t panic, and don’t resort to any of the methods for burning or “suffocating” ticks- such methods can cause them to disgorge their stomach contents, increasing the risk of infection or spread of disease. Instead, grasp the tick firmly as close to the skin as possible using a pair of sterilized tweezers. Using steady pressure, pull straight out, away from the skin. If any mouthparts are left in the bite, gently scrape it with a sterile razor to remove them.
Repel, Don’t Attract
Avoid personal care products with heavy scents and perfumes that attract bees and wasps. If you’re going to an area where insects are a known problem, use a DEET-based repellent for best results. Spray it sparingly on clothes and exposed skin. You may also wish to treat clothes with permethrin, which will cling through several washings and kills ticks rather than just repelling them. If you have pets that go outdoors, be sure to use an appropriate parasite repellent to prevent them from bringing home fleas, ticks, and other insects.
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