Most bites by insects are not serious. However, there are insect bites that can be very harmful. These are the ones that you will want to know about because they can even be fatal. The bites that are harmful will cause a disturbance throughout the body. The bite that is not serious, is the kind that we generally see sometimes when we wake up and feel an itch somewhere on the body. This is the kind that you may scratch and eventually it disappears.
The dangerous, life-threatening insect bites as mentioned, causes a reaction throughout the body separate from the sting site. Common reactions to this kind of bite can be some of the following: hives or swelling all over the body, shortness of breath, wheezing, swelling of the throat that causes difficulty swallowing, nausea, stomach cramps, vomiting, loss of bladder or bowel control, weakness, fainting, dizziness, drop in blood pressure, shock or unconsciousness. A person may not necessarily have all of these symptoms, but having some of these are enough to call a doctor, a hospital or call 911. It’s better to be on the safe side than to think, oh well, I’ll start feeling better. Just remember, some insect bites can be life threatening.
Anyone who has had an allergic reaction to an insect sting should be cautious when around bees. The book, “A Practical Guide to Everyday Health Decisions,” has some excellent suggestions about this. It states that It is wise to carry a bee sting kit at all times. A health care provider can prescribe one. These kits contain injectable adrenaline that can be lifesaving.
If a person, such as a gardener, or a person who does a lot of gardening in an area where there are a lot of insects, it is wise to ask a health care provider if venom desensitization injections will help. This series of injections can reduce the reaction of bites from bees, wasps, hornets, and yellow jacket stings for some allergic people.
If an individual gets a bite from an insect where the reaction to it is not severe, apply cold compresses so it will relieve the pain and prevent swelling. Do this right away. Do not wait. Apply cold packs for no more than 20 minutes. Wash insect bites with soap and water. Apply calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream if there is more itching or swelling.
It is interesting to know that besides food, insects are also attracted to perfumes, aftershave creams, scented hair sprays, and scented perfumes. Floral patterns attract bees. If a bee comes close to you, the first reaction to it is to try to run away. The advice in this situation is to avoid sudden movements and move slowly.
Source: A Practical Guide to Everyday Health decisions