What are Insect Bites

by John Staughton (BASc, BFA) last updated -

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It is a natural instinct of humans to go out into the natural world and explore. It is a beautiful place, but it is also home to other creatures – birds, beasts, and insects. When you are in their world, it is important to protect yourself against insect bites.

Mosquitoes and similar blood-sucking insects feed on human blood, while other insects have nasty stings that they use as defensive mechanisms when you enter their territory or threaten them in some way. There are also midges, spiders, fleas, ticks, bedbugs and flies to worry about! Many insect bites are harmless, resulting in little more than an itchy, inflamed area of skin that goes away in a day or two. However, other insect bites are more serious, and can even cause serious infections.

Mosquitoes are the most deadly animals on the planet, based on how many humans they effectively kill. More than 1 million people around the world die each year due to mosquito-borne diseases, such as malaria, Dengue fever, chikungunya, yellow fever, and encephalitis.

An insect biting into human skin

This means that in many parts of the world, protecting against insect bites is essential to remaining healthy – and alive! Preventing insect bites is important, but if you do happen to suffer from a bite, there are also a number of effective treatments that can prevent infections or minimize their symptoms.

About the Author

John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, and publisher who earned his English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign, Urbana (USA). He is the co-founder of a literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and calls the most beautiful places in the world his office. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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