Repelling Bug Bites

Summer has so much fun to offer: swimming, hiking and enjoying the sun outdoors. But spending time outside can also bring something not fun: bug bites.

Insects such as bees, ants, mosquitoes, flies, wasps and spiders can all bite or sting humans. This can cause pain and an allergic reaction to the insect’s venom that was deposited in the skin from the mouth or stinger. Most bites or stings create mild discomfort, but there can be extreme reactions to more dangerous insects or if you’re allergic to a certain bug.
Most bug bites create swelling, redness and itching and can be treated at home. Remove the stinger if necessary, wash the area, and apply an ice pack for pain and swelling. Bites that itch can be helped with anti-itch creams, oral pain medication or antihistamines. More severe reactions to bites include fever, difficulty breathing and rapid heartbeat. If you’re bitten and have these symptoms, seek medical treatment immediately.

Prevention is the key for bug bites. When enjoying summer’s outdoor activities, try these tips:

  • Use insect repellent or citronella candles.
  • Wear hats and full coverage clothing.
  • Avoid perfume and scented lotion.
  • Keep food and drinks covered.

Content by Lockton Dunning Benefits with info from https://www.healthline.com/health/bug-bites#treatment