Dr. Barbara Huggins

Bites & Stings

June 7, 2007


Bites & Stings -  June 7, 2007Summertime is right around the corner. Along with the sunshine, picnics and swimming, may come a few unwelcome guests who can fly in - uninvited. Dr. Mom has a few tips on how handle these unwelcome guests and what to do if they just won't leave.

Are you planning a fun family picnic at the park, a leisurely day at the beach, or a fun afternoon in the backyard? Don't let maddening mosquitoes, and buzzing bees keep you from enjoying that outdoor fun.

Mosquitoes are one of the most annoying outdoor pests, and they like to hang out where ever people, food, and pools of water are found. A mosquito bite is usually a nuisance, - they bite and you itch. When bees and their relatives sting, it is painful, and the area may get red or swollen. However, the sting can be more dangerous to those who are allergic to bee and wasp stings. Some allergic reactions may be swelling, breaking out in hives, wheezing, shortness of breath, and rapid heartbeat. If the symptoms occur, get medical help immediately.

The Two Most Common insect repellents include:

Be sure to follow the instructions on the can of insect repellent.

Tips on preventing bits and stings:
If a bug still manages to dine on your skin, try some of the following:

ENJOY THE GREAT OUTDOORS!

Helpful websites:

The AAP recommendation on insect repellents: Combination products containing DEET and sunscreen are NOT recommended, primarily because sunscreen should be reapplied frequently, particularly for activities centered around water, which will remove the sunscreen. In contrast, repellents should be applied as infrequently as possible.

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