Summer is coming and surely you have found somewhere in your body a bite… The heat, the holidays, the terraces and the mosquitoes are all one, and the pecks are one of the most common annoyances these days. Sometimes we are not very clear what bug has bitten us and how to act on it. There are some that are not exclusive to the summer season but it is the time of year when they are most produced. Not all insects sting the same, nor do all bodies react in the same way to the bite.
exist two large groups of insects that produce these types of bites. First of all, poisonous or biting. Wasps, bees, bumblebees, ants, spiders, and scorpions belong to this group. These insects do not feed on blood. They sting as a defense mechanism or by instinct.
Bees and wasps are part of what are known as stinging insects.
For its part, parasites or suckers, it is made up of insects that I eat the mosquitos, horseflies, fleas, bed bugs and ticks need to feed on the blood of their hosts to complete their life cycle.
Mosquitoes, fleas, bed bugs and ticks They bite their hosts to feed on blood.
Types of reactions to stings
After the initial peck there is intense local reaction. It is the most common of all. Experts explain that the local reaction is always the same. The body reacts to aggression by producing swelling, itching and redness.
This kind of reaction It is more common in people with any type of allergy, but it is not necessary to be allergic to have it. The fact that intense local reactions appear may be a premonitory of a progressive allergic sensitization.
The first reaction of the body is a local inflammation that produces itching, stinging and burning.
A second type of reaction to any bite is the one experienced by any really allergic people to the bite of the insect in question. This type of reaction is characterized by being more intense and carries a greater risk than the local reaction.
It occurs among especially sensitive people. The initial reaction gives way to an anaphylactic reaction. The body reacts violently and an inflammation of the mucosa occurs. Its symptoms are highly variable, appearing in the first 15 minutes and include generalized urticaria (hives), angioedema (swelling of the face and neck affecting the respiratory tract and produces shortness of breath, etc.
The toxic reaction occurs when the victim receives a large amount of poison as a result of multiple bites or by the location of these. Special care must be taken with head and neck bites. In fact, experts warn that more than 40 mosquito or wasp bites (in this case less) can carry a significant health risk.
The most allergic insects and the most common bites
The insect that produces the most bites is the mosquito. They appear above all in summer and when they tend to bite the most is from the beginning of dusk until dawn. Only females bite, which feed by sucking the blood of their victims, for which it passes through the skin with its suction device and inoculates an anticoagulant substance to be able to “suck” the blood. This substance is what causes the well-known itch and the typical welt and is also the cause of some severe allergic reactions among people who are especially sensitive to it.
They bite almost in rows or groups. The shape of the The sting is very characteristic in the form of hives or papules. In this case, and beyond the own discomfort such as itching or itching, the problem that it causes is more of a health nature because they transmit diseases with their bite.
Bed bug bite
They are large isolated bites that, unlike mosquitoes or fleas, suck slowly until they are satisfied, even increasing their volume several times, after which they detach, remaining on the clothes or garments of their victim to continue biting.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.