GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Dr. James Welters from Northwest Family Physicians. Dr. Welters offers valuable lesser-known facts, tips and tricks to bite back when it comes to the most common bug offenders in Minnesota this time of year. For example, here are a few of those great points:
Mosquitos: If your child is bit by a mosquito, apply ice to the scene of the crime to prevent itching and swelling. A roll-on deodorant that contains aluminum chloride can help too: It will shrink down a bite in no time.
Wasps: It is normal for a wasp sting to itch in the area of the sting. What is not normal is itching all over the body after a bee sting. This could be a sign of severe allergic reaction to the bee sting. Also, learn which over-the-counter remedy can help a serious allergic reaction to a wasp sting when taken right away. Doctors suggest you take it on the way to the hospital.
Horse Flies: Once you realize you have been bitten, cover the wound with saliva. Your saliva is filled with histatin, a protein that contains healing properties which will allow you to limit the negative effects of the bite and protect it until you can get indoors and treat it properly.
Gnats: If you've been bitten by a gnat, be sure to wash the bite with soap and water. Because gnats can pick up bacteria from some of their favorite things: rotten food and dead animals! Yuck!
Ticks: Flu-like symptoms can signify Lyme Disease. And, while wood ticks don't cause Lyme Disease, they can cause swelling, itching and other reactions.
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