Bug Bites

Spider Bites

About 20,000 spiders in the United States are poisonous however most of them are not harmful to humans since they can’t puncture our skin. After the bite, it might be red and itchy but it will heal on its own within a week. The following are 8 spiders that can cause some serious damage.

Brown Recluse
Black Widow
Hobo Spider
Wolf Spider
Tarantula
Camel Spider
Brazilian Wandering Spider
Jumping Spider

In the Pennsylvania region, there is a higher chance of encountering Black Widows.
Mosquito Bites

Male mosquitoes have feathery like antennae to help them detect the scent of female mosquitoes. Male mosquitoes live about a week while female mosquitoes can live up to a few months. Although their life span is short, mosquitoes can still cause a lot trouble to us.

Mosquito bites are usually round and puffy. It is common for multiple bites taken place in one area. Mosquitoes bites usually goes away in a few days. If the itch is unbearable, you can take over the counter medicine to reduce itchiness and pain.

One thing to watch out is that mosquitoes can carry malaria. Its rare for malaria to exist in the US mosquitoes but if you travel internationally, there is an increased chance of becoming infected. Prior to your departure, make sure you check out the travel page on this site to better prepare your health safety.

Flea Bites

Fleas are tiny but their bites are itchy and sometimes painful. Because fleas reproduce so quickly, many times professional pest control are required.

Flea bites appear to be small, red bumps and the bites are usually in groups of three or four. The good news is for humans, the risk of being infected by another disease from flea bites are rare.

Flea bites usually heal on its own in about a week. If the itch is unbearable, over the counter anti-itch cream can be applied.

Tick Bites

Ticks commonly live in grass, trees, shrubs and leaf piles but they are attracted to us and our pets. Most tick bites are harmless however, some bites can cause a lot of harm and in some cases, even death. Ticks are small, the size between a sesame seed and a grain of rice. As they take in more blood, after weeks, they can become the size of a marble.

Some ticks carry diseases, which can be passed on when they bite. Tick-borne diseases can cause a variety of symptoms, and usually develop within the first few weeks after a the bite. Potential symptoms of tick-borne diseases include:

Red spot or rash near the bite site
Neck stiffness
Headache or nausea
Weakness
Muscle or joint pain or achiness
Fever or chills
Swollen lymph nodes

In rare cases, ticks can give you a nasty infection. Here is a list of disease that can be transmitted to you through a tick bite:

Lyme disease
Colorado tick fever
Rocky Mountain spotter fever
Tularemia
Ehrlichiosis

Treatment

Dr. Paul’s Clinic provide treatment to all the above insect bites and more. For the special case of tick bites, Dr. Paul’s Clinic has the correct tools to remove that tick with little to no complication.

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