It is not uncommon to find people who are afraid of insects. And although this is something that is in our genetics, one of the biggest reasons for such fear to occur is the stings and stings that many insects give. But what are the consequences of an insect bite on our body? Do you really need to see a doctor? Why do many people have allergies to insect bites? Discover all this information and more in today’s text! But first, it is important to understand exactly why insects bite.
Why do Insects Bite?
Insects are living beings that have certain defense and survival mechanisms, and the bite, in many cases, configures these two things. When a mosquito bites a person, for example, it is simply feeding. However, a bee stings only when it feels that its hive is in danger. The same logic can be applied to any other insect that bites, whether it is poisonous or not, causes this allergy sting or not.
Why are insect bites bad?
There are many reasons why insect bites can be harmful to our health. The main one is that many insects can transmit diseases , such as Aedes Aegypti, for example, which transmits dengue , the zika virus and chikungunya fever.
Another reason that makes insect bites dangerous is that many of them have poison , such as some types of ants, wasps and the barber, for example. Insect venom, although not lethal in most cases, can cause many health complications.
The last reason insect bites are bad is that many people have allergies to them. And depending on the amount of bites, this problem can be much more serious than you think.
More dangerous insect bites
Since we talked about why insect bites are so dangerous, there is nothing more fair than showing practical examples of how this happens. For this reason, we have separated some of the main insects that cause some kind of reaction in humans when they bite them. They are:
- European Wasp
- Red Ant
Let’s talk about each one separately and show how the bites of each one work.
It is very common to have reactions to bee stings such as redness, itching and pain at the site. However, there are people who have a much greater sensitivity and who have swelling beyond normal, in addition to difficulties in breathing.
In such cases, it is important that a doctor is sought as soon as possible for the person to be treated. It is also recommended to remove the sting of the bee and wash the stinging area to relieve pain and swelling.
The European wasp is an insect that attacks only when it feels threatened, but has a much more painful and intense sting than that of the bee. People who are allergic to the poison of this type of insect can have really strong reactions and even die , depending on the amount of bites.
It is recommended that a person, when bitten, take an antihistamine to avoid more acute reactions and see a doctor as soon as possible. In addition, it is also important to make a cold compress to relieve the pain and burning of the bite.
Red ant bites cause sharp and intense pain, followed by an intense burning and itchy sensation. However, as with bees, these stings are not usually harmful, unless a person has very strong allergic reactions.
There may be situations in which a person falls on top of an anthill, for example, and is bitten many times. In such cases, it is very important to go straight to a hospital for treatment, as the risks are great, especially when it comes to children.
Although the appearance of a wasp is frightening to many, its bite causes much less damage to health. That’s because, despite having a larger stinger, it has much less poison than a wasp. Despite this, it is important to wash the chopped area and use ointments to alleviate the inevitable redness that can occur.
And of course, as with bees and red ants, an attack of a wasp swarm can not only be extremely painful, but it can also cause much greater damage. When this happens, it is important to go to a doctor as soon as possible, as an allergic person can have really strong reactions.
When to see a doctor?
When a person has a very strong allergic reaction to an insect bite, it is important that they see a doctor as soon as possible. As you can see, there are some cases in which this reaction can have really bad consequences and, therefore, getting treatment quickly is the best thing to do in these cases.
However, it is always important to have your exams up to date and to know whether or not you are allergic to insect bites. This way, it is easier to avoid contact with them and you will have extra care when you are in a region where you can be bitten.
Insect bites can be painful, but they can also do a lot more harm, as you can see in today’s text. That is why it is always important to know which insects are most dangerous to us and to avoid contact with them as much as possible. In addition, it is also important to know whether or not you are allergic to some type of insect bite, as this is also a factor that can seriously affect your health. In addition, by getting to know your own body better , you also learn to prevent yourself from various problems.
My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.