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Home Treatment For Insect Bites and Stings
Blood sucking insects, such as mosquitoes, inflict tiny puncture wounds when they bite, while the stings from bees and wasps contain venom. People vary in their reactions to bites and stings, but in most cases symptoms last only a day or two.
An allergic response to an insect’s saliva or venom causes pain or itching, redness and swelling at the site of a bite or sting. Some people experience a particularly severe reaction to insect stings a life-threatening swelling of the airways. In some parts of the world, certain ticks transmit such diseases as Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease, an mosquitoes cause malaria.
Keep your skin covered if you are in an area where insect bites are likely. Screen windows and doors. Repel insects by adding five drop of citronella oil to a cup of water and dabbing on exposed skin. Eat garlic and take a daily supplement of vitamin B1 (thiamine) and zinc. Distilled witch hazel and calamine lotion are effective for soothing pain and itching from mosquito bites and other bites and stings. An ice cube, Aloe Vera gel or onion juice can also be a good remedy.
You should remove a bee sting be pressing it out sideways with a thumbnail. Afterwards, press out any poison. Apply lemon juice, vinegar or cinnamon tea as soon as possible after being stung by wasp. Repeat if necessary. If a tick is clinging to the skin, dislodge it by covering it with oil or petroleum jelly. Then gently twist it out with tweezers. Apply calendula cream and takes Apis (if the bite is swollen) or cantharis (if the burning pain is predominant). For any kind of sting, apply one drop of lavender and tea tree oils every hour.
When the suspected bite is from a tick, you should first localize the redness or the circular rash. If you have persistent flulike symptoms or joint pains, it is time to consult your doctor. You should immediately seek medical help id the wound is from a spider or the bite or sting is on the face or in the mouth or throat, or you have hives, breathing difficulties, nausea or vomiting.