Insect Bites

Insect BitesInsect Bites

Insect bites really hurt especially if they are made by those sharp-toothed insects. However, one must be aware that it isn’t actually the bite that poses danger to the body, but the venom that insects carry. Some insects are known to kill while other insects can cause severe allergic reactions. If you know that you have sensitivity to insect bites and stings, it is best to consult your physician about it so that you always have medication with you whenever you need it. Remember that severe allergic reactions could lead to anaphylactic shock, which is already life-threatening. If you also suffer from this type of allergy, make sure that you have adrenaline injections with you whenever you go to areas where you are most likely to get bitten by insects such as bees and mosquitoes. Malaria and dengue fever are two of the dangerous illnesses that could affect people when they get bitten by mosquitoes.

One of the things that could attract insects to bite you is your own blood. Mosquitoes are actually drawn to persons who eat lots of sweets. Sugar makes the blood taste sweeter, which in effect, mosquitoes also find sweet.

And when it comes to bees, you simply have to avoid beehives. In the event that a swarm of bees attack you, make sure that you close your eyes and mouth or find the nearest body of water and hide in it. This would surely prevent the bees from attacking further.

Some helpful hints that would help prevent insects from coming near you:

  • Insects naturally do not like the smell of citronella and lemongrass. At dusk, the time when insects usually come out, you can use citronella and lemongrass candles in order to repel them.
  • Look for products that are made using extracts from different plants that have natural characteristic of repelling insects. Some of these plants are lavender, citronella, peppermint, lemongrass, margosa, eucalyptus and geranium. These products are good natural repellants and are known to be way better than chemical based repellants. Some of these products are candles, body spray, incense sticks and candles.
  • You can also make your own insect repellant. All you have to do is to mix some essential oils and you could have your own very effective insect repellant. You can mix citronella (5 drops), lavender oil (10 drops), orange oil (10 drops), neem oil (10 drops), eucalyptus (5 drops) and almond or apricot oil (50 ml). The latter would act as the base for the mixture. Sparingly apply the solution on skin areas that are often exposed like the wrists and ankles.
  • Try to avoid using perfumed toiletries.
  • During nighttime, use cotton long-sleeved sleepwear that could cover your arms. Wear cotton pajamas too to cover the length of your legs.
  • Secure a mosquito net. This could help protect you from mosquitoes. In fact, in Africa, the incidence of malaria lowered because of the use of mosquito nets.
  • When you travel, especially if you will be going camping or to some tropical country, bringing along a first aid kit that has some basic treatment for insect bites and allergies is a must.
  • Some homeopathic formula could actually alter the smell of your sweat and make you less appealing to insects.
  • In order to drive malaria-carrying mosquitoes away from you, try to place any strong cheese, or Limburger cheese approximately 5ft away from you, at the very least. These mosquitoes are actually attracted to the smell of human feet and Limburger cheese and other like cheeses could divert the smell of mosquitoes away from your feet.

Vitamins, Minerals and Herbs for Insect Bites

  • Vitamin B1 or Thiamine (300mg) and zinc (50mg) daily. Taking these on a daily basis could help repel insects. When these are excreted from the body through sweat, they give off an odour, which could repel insects. Taking a B-complex together with Vitamin B1 and zinc is ideal since B-vitamins always work together.
  • The herb catnip helps in repelling mosquitoes.
  • Feverfew, an herb containing pyrethin, which is a really effective insecticide, could help ward off insects.
  • Look for natural or organic sprays for the bites that contain pyrethin, calendula, echinacea and arnica. This formula could help in reducing itching and inflammation.
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