Did you know a tiny bite or sting from an insect can cost you your life? Yes, there are various insects and bugs, which are the primary causes of various seasonal ailments. Especially in a season like this where there are humidity, heat and everything together, it is common to fall prey to viral and bacterial diseases, which basically happen due to various insect bites. We need not talk about the outbreak of malaria or chikungunya, which are commonly known to all. Malaria and chikungunya basically happen due to mosquito bites and are common to happen in this weather condition. But, what about the other insects, which are a carrier of other viral diseases too. Lest one should take ample precautions to be safe from insect bites by wearing full clothes, light-coloured clothes and applying mosquitoes/insect repellents too on a regular basis. Despite staying most of the times indoors due to the current pandemic situation, these precautions are necessary as insect or mosquito bites can happen at home too.
Listed below are three insects that can make you extremely sick and how:
World Mosquito Day 2020: Different areas have different species of mosquitoes. These mosquitoes spread many types of diseases rapidly through many viruses and parasites. Malaria, dengue, chikungunya, Japanese encephalitis, filariasis and zika are some of them. Mosquitoes are also dangerous because their population grows very fast, and they can spread infection by biting dozens, not one or two at a time. Female mosquitoes are older than males. Only female mosquitoes suck the blood of humans or other organisms. Male mosquitoes only suck the sap of trees and plants. Female mosquitoes lay eggs at different places two to three times. During the day, mosquitoes mostly hide under dark places, corners of walls, behind curtains, sofas, beds, tables, etc. Therefore, thoroughly clean these places daily. Spray mosquito repellent at these places once a week.
We know how painful a bee sting can be. Just a second-long sting can give you pain like anything. Any stinging insects like wasp, bee, wada, etc. can lead to allergic reactions known as anaphylaxis. This condition has various symptoms, which include swelling on lips and face, lightheadedness and fainting. In most cases, care, after an insect has stung anyone, requires immediate medical care, and even injectables in extreme cases. It is not advisable to rely on remedies like rubbing metal on the stung area but to consult a specialist for faster care and recovery.
Apart from mosquitoes, we have tick-borne diseases too, which we need to be careful about! The only way to deal with such diseases is to know about its characteristics. Various kinds of ticks carry different germs. As stated by the ‘Tick Guy’ or Thomas Mather, PhD, the director of the University of Rhode Island’s Center for Vector-Borne Disease, some kinds of the tick are causes of Lyme disease, and could also possibly lead to red meat allergy too. Some common symptoms of tick-borne illnesses are as follows:
- Joint pains
- Rashes on the body
In most cases, the symptoms are mild and can be treated at home. However, timely care and treatment is a must!
Prevention Is The Key: what makes it less scary? All of these diseases can be very well managed at home but with proper diagnosis and treatment options given by an expert. Hence, if you feel a slight nip, do not hesitate and immediately consult a doctor to be safe from insect-borne diseases as insects are everywhere and are extremely active during monsoon season. Some basic precautions can be taken at home too, which is by using mosquito-repellents at home, keeping doors and windows closed after sunset, keeping the surroundings clean, etc.
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