One a mosquito say to another, ” I hear a bum say he hadn’t had a bite in a week, so i bite him.” It’s a lame joke. but bites aren’t all that funny if your on the receiving end. fortunately, most insect bites are just annoyances that itch like crazy and produce ugly little welts that go away in a day or two. and love nip from from Fife and Fido are often more an insult than a real injury. so for those occasion when the bite is a little worse than the bark (or the buzz), here are some suggestion.
FLIES AND MOSQUITOS
These pesky flying critters can make you pretty uncomfortable when they decide to munch on you. here’s what to do.
1.DISINFECT THE BITE
Flies and mosquitoes can spread disease. so wash the bite area thoroughly with soap and water. then apply an antiseptic.
2.RUB IN AN ASPIRIN
An unusual aspirin treatment to help control inflammation. as soon as possible being bitten, moisten your skin and run an aspirin tablet right over the bite. this treatment should not be attempted by those who are allergic or sensitive to aspirin, however.
3.RELIEVE THE ITCHING
Fly and mosquitoes bites may produce swelling and intense itching that can last for 3 to 4 days. it recommend to control these symptoms.
. An oral antihistamine. choose an over the counter allergy or cold preparation.
. Calamine lotion
. Ice packs
. Salt with water,moisten it into a paste and apply to the bite.
. Baking soda. dissolve 1 teaspoon in a glass of water. dip a cloth into the solution and place on the bite for 15 to 20 minutes.
. Epson salts. dissolve 1 teaspoon in a quart of hot water. chill then apply as above.
You may be able to avoid bite in the first place by using the repelant below. keep in mind that the hotter it is, the more active flies and mosquitoes seem to be. and mosquitoes in particular, are at their worst in damp areas, such as near ponds or in marshes. some species are especially pesty late in the day and are attracted to outdoor lightning after dark. so don’t let down your guard at sunset.
Thiamine Chloride. Taken orally, this B vitamin may repel insect by being excreted through the skin. use caution on this it may cause itching, hives and rash for in some people
Chlorine bleach. Dr. Luscombe recommend bathing in a very diluted solution of chlorine bleach before going out. mix 2 caps fulls of bleach in a tub of warm water. soak in it for 15 minutes. be very careful not to get the solution near or in the eyes. the repellent effect should last several hours.
Bath oil. Certain bath oils, such as alpha-keri and Avon’s skin so soft. have a appellant effect.
Sunscreens. Some sunscreen also repel insect. like Presun, for instance seems to work as a repellent.
Vic’s Vaporub. Some people have success with this strong smelling ointment. and the mosquitoes seems don’t like it.
Zinc. Recommend daily doses of zinc atleast 60 milligrams as a natural repellant. be aware that it takes about a month to build up enough zinc in your system to discourage insects. (take extra supplement only with the approval and supervision doctor.)
Ticks are not fussy about what type of animal provide there meals. human are fair game to them. here is what to do if one latches on to you.
REMOVE THE BEAST. Ticks pose a special problem because they dig there little jaw into your skin and hold on for dear life. trying to brush away a ticks as you would a fly has no effect. and forcefully plucking it out lay leave its mouth parts embedded, setting the stage for infection.
Ease it out. Take a pair of tweezers and very slowly pulling the tick out. ” don’t pull too fast”, and if your not having success, you might try applying a little heat to the ticks backside. blow out a match and carefully touch the ticks with the tips. the heat may encourage it to let it go. it tweezers are not available you might want to try one of the following methods.
Irritate it. Dr. Frazier says that a drop of gasoline,kerosene, benzine or alcohol on the general region of the ticks head will make it loosen its grip. but be patient it make 10 minutes or more to work. note that these substance are flammable and should not be used in conjunction with a hot match.
Suffocate it. A variation on that technique is to cover the ticks with a drop of paraffin or finger nail polish. either substance will close off the tiny breathing and suffocate the ticks.
CLEAN UP. Once you remove the ticks wash the bite area with soap and water, then apply iodine or another antiseptic to guard against infection.
BE VIGILANT. Althought june and july seem to mark the high ticks season. ticks are danger from early spring until fall. if youre spending any time outdoor, especially in wooded or high grass areas even grassy dune. here are some precautions.
. One way to discover if there is a ticks in an area it to tie a piece of white flannel to a string and drug it through the grass or underbrush. examine it frequently. if ticks are present, they will cling to the cloth.
. If your in a tick area, leaves as little skin exposed as possible. it means wear long pants,high socks and long sleeves.
. Before going to bed at night inspect your body for any freeloading ticks. certain species can be quite small, and you might otherwise overlook them.
DOGS AND CATS. Here’s what to do when a four legged friend gets unfriendly.
ASSESS THE DAMAGE. Seek medical hep for all but the most minor wounds. doctor say
Thoroughly wash the bite. Animal bites especially from cats may transmit infections. it is advice to clean the wound thoroughly with soap and water to remove saliva and any other contamination. continue washing for 5 minutes.
Control bleeding. If there is any minor bleeding, cover the entire wound with a thick sterile gauze or a clean cloth pad. if you have no appropriate bandage, thoroughly cleanse your hand and press it firmly against the wound. you may also put some ice against the pad.( not directly on the skin) and elevate the wound above heart level to help stop bleeding.
Bandage the area. When the bleeding has stopped. cover the bite with a sterile bandage or a clean cloth. tie or tape it loosely in place.
Reduce pain. use aspirin or acetaminophen to reduce the pain. this is appropriate even if the bite did not break the skin elevate the area and apply ice if there’s any swelling.