There are insects like mosquitoes, which suck our blood and leave a tiny wound on our skin, on biting. On the other hand there are bees and wasps whose stings contain venom. Mostly these bites and stings last for a day or two but people differ in their reactions.
Some people get allergies after these insect bite or sting which leads to redness, swelling or pain and itching. While some people are prone to a very serious reaction to a venom which shows swelling of the airways. Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease are caused by the mosquitoes but this is restricted to some parts of the world.
You can take some precautions to avoid these bites and stings. You should cover your skin in the insect bite prone area. Try to screen the windows and doors. Insects can be kept away by applying five drops of citronella mixed in a cup full of water on the uncovered skin areas.
Regular intake of garlic and a regular intake of vitamin B1 (thiamine) and zinc in the diet can repel insects. To get a relief from bites and stings distilled witch hazel and calamine lotion are prescribed. These will sooth the skin from pain and itching. Onion juice, Aloe Vera gel or an ice cube can also be good alternative.
If a bee sting is removed instantly it can be a great relief. You can do this by pressing the sting sideways with a thumbnail and then press again so that poison can come out. Cinnamon tea, vinegar or lemon juice can be applied after that. This can be repeated several times if necessary.
A tick clinging to the skin can be separated by covering it with oil or petroleum jelly, then carefully twist it out with a tweezers. If there is swelling on the bite calendula cream can be applied but if there is pain then cantharis is the best option. One drop of lavender and tea tree leaves applied after every hour can be a great relief to any sting.
The redness or the rash should be analyzed carefully because if there are symptoms of joint pains and the person feels feverish, a doctor should be consulted. A spider bite, a sting on the face, in the mouth or throat or having breathing difficulties or nausea, these things should not be ignored.
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