insect bites

General knowledge
April 8, 2019

Can body paint protect you against insect bites?

Pitching a tent, exploring nature and sleeping under the stars. Ah, there’s nothing quite like exploring the wild. But with all the perks of the great outdoors there’s one real bugbear; bug bites. And lots of them.
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Healthy Lifestyle
October 22, 2018

10 ways to use baking soda as a remedy

You probably use baking soda at home for cleaning and baking. Good news: it has health perks too! Cool down heartburn Heartburn is that painful burning sensation in the upper part of your stomach that can spread up into your throat. It starts when acid rises into your oesophagus (the tube that connects your stomach to your mouth). This can happen if you eat too much, feel stressed or eat spicy foods. Baking soda can help treat heartburn by neutralising stomach acid. - Dissolve a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of cold water and sip slowly. - Keep…
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Symptoms, Aches & Pains
October 22, 2018

What to do when you get bitten or stung

Outdoor fun during summer comes with a high risk of insect bites and stings. In most cases, these aren’t serious and get better in no time. In some cases, however, insect bites can cause an allergic reaction. This can either be a mild reaction causing the affected part to swell and become painful, or a severe reaction that could become life-threatening. With a more severe allergic reaction, you could become dizzy, nauseous, have breathing difficulties, find yourself wheezing, have chest pain, cramps, a swollen face or mouth and a blotchy rash that spreads to other parts of the body. If…
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Healthy LifestyleTravel & holiday
October 10, 2017

Don’t get bitten by these little beach-monsters

Mosquitoes aren’t the only critters that can turn your beachy holiday into an itchy nightmare. Sand fleas are another pesky pest to keep an eye out for. Sand fleas are found in beaches along coastal areas and in marshes. These buggers are often mistaken for insects, which they’re not. In fact, they’re not even fleas – they are actually crustaceans: like the crab, lobster and shrimp. Sand fleas get their name because their bites and after-effects are similar to that of a flea. Sand fleas vary in size. They can be small like a dot of ground pepper or grow…
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First Aid, Accidents & Injuries
May 11, 2017

The insect bites that can kill you

Insect bites and stings are common and often minor, but it’s worth knowing how to treat the irritation. These bites can be deadly but are completely treatable too. Spider House spiders are usually harmless. Spiders like black widows and brown recluses are poisonous, but they don't bite unless they’re threatened. Bites can cause pain around the injury, swelling and redness. What to do: Clean the site of the bite with soap and water first, and follow with a damp cloth filled with ice to relieve the pain. If you have a reaction that lasts for more than 24 hours, speak…
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