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The weather may be glorious – but a plague of unwanted guests is infiltrating the country, eating us alive and causing havoc for the tennis players at Wimbledon, who this week had to contend with the consequences of flying ants’ mating rituals.
While most bites and stings are relatively harmless, some bug attacks can be far more serious. Bites from blood-sucking horseflies – numbers of which have rocketed in recent weeks – can land you in hospital and even lead to potentially fatal sepsis if they become infected.
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GOT ANTS IN YOUR PANTS?
Both non-winged and flying ants – currently causing mayhem at Wimbledon – can sting and bite, leaving a red and itchy mark.
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Treatment: Steroid and antihistamine ointments can alleviate the itch and calm swelling.
If in tropical climates, avoid disrupting ant trails – foreign species such as fire ants produce more venom and agonising stings than domestic varieties.
IT - A - WASP - OR - A
WAS IT A WASP OR A BEE?
wasp and bee stings inject venom into the skin, causing red and itchy swelling. The most common bee – the honey bee – leaves its stinger inside its target’s skin after striking.
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About five per cent of the population are allergic to bee or wasp venom, resulting in an anaphylactic reaction. It can happen even if you’ve been stung before and have not reacted.
Treatment: Remove the bee stinger to prevent further venom being released into the skin. Take a credit card or fingernail and swipe sideways along the skin, catching the stinger. Do not grab and pull it out – this will squeeze out further venom. After talking to your GP or pharmacist, take antihistamines and use ice packs to stop the itching.
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While mosquitoes can be seen, their bite is rarely felt, with the characteristic raised skin and itchiness not noticed until the next day. This is due to anaesthetic...
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