Bites and stings are very common in the Summer and can be from a variety of insects including midges, mosquitoes, horseflies, fleas, lice and ants. Some people react more to bites and stings than others and in some instances the area can swell up considerably.
The site of the bite usually appears red and can swell and be itchy. This reaction is an allergic response to a chemical injected into the skin by the insect when it bites and can cause a great deal of misery.
Stings from wasps, bees and jellyfish can also be very painful and cause a red itchy rash. Plants such as nettles can also irritate the skin, leaving a red mottled rash.
Although the redness and swelling usually clear quickly, there are some people who are very sensitive to stings and can develop a severe allergic reaction. This can cause swelling of the face, difficulty in breathing and dizziness, and it is vital to get medical help immediately.
If a bee or a wasp stings you, the sting is often left behind. This should be removed immediately by scraping the skin with the blade of a knife or a fingernail. Do not squeeze the skin because this will only push more of the sting under your skin.
Bites and stings should be kept clean, and Colloidal Silver can be applied to stop an infection developing. It is important to try not to scratch the area as this can increase the risk of infection.
Aller-C can be taken to reduce the itching, and Serrapeptase to reduce the pain and inflammation. A cold compress can be applied to bee and wasp stings and is very soothing. If you are bitten on the ankles or lower legs and experience swelling, raise your legs on a stool or coffee table.
To prevent bites use natural insect repellent to protect yourself, especially when sitting outside on Summer evenings. If you know you are particularly susceptible and/or sensitive to insect bites, cover your arms and legs when outside. Avoid eating sweet, sticky food, or drinking sugary drinks when outside in the Summer as these attract insects.