CareNow® - July 10, 2017

Bug bite treatment at urgent care

Common Summer Insect Dangers

Most people look forward to the long, warm days of summer all year long, but people in the pest control offer a warning. Along with the warm weather comes a handful of pests that can be dangerous when they attack. If you’re planning to spend time outdoors this summer, it’s important to know exactly which insects to be on the lookout for.

 

Mosquitoes

Notoriously pesky, mosquitoes are also considered one of the most dangerous insects present during the summer. Known for carrying diseases such as West Nile virus, malaria, yellow fever, dengue and encephalitis, mosquito bites are not only painful, they can be deadly. A mosquito bite will often appear as an itchy, red bump. To avoid mosquitoes bites, try to stay indoors during dawn and desk, use insect repellent whenever you’re outside and try to stay away from stagnant water.

 

Ticks

Not only are ticks a hazard to humans, but to pets as well. Notorious for carrying Lyme disease, ticks can be just as dangerous as mosquitoes. To avoid contact with a tick, wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts that cover your skin, always wear bug spray and inspect yourself any time you’ve been outdoors for a long time. If you are planning to hike, stay on the trails and away from greenery.

Bees & Wasps

Most common during the later summer months, yellow jackets, bees, wasps and hornets are all a danger to kids playing outdoors. Those who are allergic, young children and the elderly are at the highest risk of complications from a sting. Always wear shoes when outside, keep outdoor garbage covered and try not to wear sweet-smelling perfume.

Disclaimer: Patients' health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.

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