Bugs do several things really well, but what they do best is captured in their name: They bug us! Even worse, some species of bugs bite us, and bug bites are never fun. Half the time we don’t even realize we’ve been bitten until we start to feel itchy, and by then the culprit is long gone. However, you can often tell what type of bug bit you by inspecting the bite. Determining what bit you can help you to eliminate that bug.
Bed Bug Bites
Bed bugs are infamous. They’re hard to spot and even harder to eradicate. If you’re traveling and develop a series of itchy, small red skin bumps, it could be a sign you’ve encountered these pesky critters. Often times, the bites will make a straight line, rather than appear haphazardly. You’ll notice these bumps within 1-3 days after you get bit.
Spider bites aren’t usually harmful. Non-poisonous spider bites often look like a red circumscribed circle and often hurt less than a bee sting. A poisonous spider bite, however, is extremely dangerous. In the U.S., the most common poisonous spiders are the black widow and the brown recluse. The brown recluse bite can quickly progress to skin erosion after looking like a bruise or blood blister. A black widow bite looks like two fang marks and feels like a pin prick initially, but begins to swell and hurt as the hours go by. Poisonous spider bites are also accompanied by nausea, weakness, sweating and headache. If you think you may have been bitten by a poisonous spider, it’s important to seek medical treatment immediately. You may also find that you have an allergic reaction to the bite, with heart palpitations, rapid heartbeat, tightness in your chest, and other symptoms. If this happens, your best course of action is to seek a doctor’s treatment immediately.
Tick bites might go unnoticed, and once one is locked on you, it’s difficult to get it off. If you develop a characteristic bull’s eye pattern, which can arise even a month later, you should get checked by a doctor for Lyme disease. Another possible consequence of tick bites is Rocky Mountain spotted fever, which gives you a fever, headache, and a rash that starts on your wrists and ankles.
No See Um Bites
No-see-ums, also known as buffalo gnats, biting midges, or sand gnats, are hard to spot because they’re so small. They’re much smaller than mosquitoes, but their bite is just as bad, if not worse. Where there’s one no-see-um, there’s usually a swarm. A typical bite pattern isn’t just one bite, but a whole series of bites that look like a raised rash. Each welt can grow up to an inch or more. If it’s May or June in warm weather, keep no-see-ums in mind.
The typical reaction to a mosquito bite is an itchy red bump on your skin. Over time, the bite area may rise further and skin around the bite may exhibit a red splotchy pattern. If you’re in an area known to have mosquitoes and the temperature is above 50°F, a bite with this sort of pattern is most likely a mosquito bite. After you recognize a mosquito bite, you should treat it with any anti-itch medication that’s appropriate for you. Pay attention to possible secondary symptoms of diseases that mosquitoes can carry. Any indication of a fever, chills, swollen glands, body aches, joint pains, a stiff neck, or headaches that follow within two weeks of a mosquito bite should be followed up with your physician. These could be indications of West Nile Virus, Dengue fever, Chikungunya, or other mosquito-borne illnesses that require specific treatments as quickly as possible. In many cases, treatment can prevent potential long-term damage that may be caused by encephalitis swelling of the brain or nervous system disorders.
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