HOW TO TREAT NO-SEE-UM BITES
No-see-ums are tiny flying insects that are notoriously difficult to detect. Because they are so tiny, you may not notice when these flying insects swarm around you or land on your skin. But after they bite, you will definitely know they were there. The bite marks left by no-see-ums are painful and itchy, and because you often don’t notice no-see-ums until it’s too late, it can be difficult to prevent these bites.
If you suffer from painful, itchy no-see-um bites, treat them with these steps:
1.) Pay attention to your symptoms.
First, the bite will leave a small red dot. However, this dot can expand to a diameter of 1 to 2 inches and become a slightly raised rim. The border will be itchy and slightly painful and may last for about two weeks.
2.) Look for more bites.
Usually no-see-sums wander in large groups and bite several times, so it is possible that you will actually have many bites. Look for accumulations of red spots on your skin or developing wheals. No-see-ums often bite your legs, hands and neck, but the bites can occur on any exposed skin.
3.) Wash the bite site.
Use warm water and a mild antibacterial soap to wash the areas where no-see-ums have bitten you. It is best to do this as soon as you notice the bites. Washing removes saliva residue left on your skin by the no-see-ums, which can reduce irritation. This step also helps to reduce the risk of infection.
4.) Try not to scratch your wounds.
Although it can be very difficult not to scratch the hives left by the no-see-ums, this is important to prevent infection. How to treat no-see-um bites. Excessive scratching can open the wound and make you more susceptible to infection. How to treat no-see-um bitesTry not to scratch, and remember to cut and clean your nails frequently while the hives are present.
5.) Find relief from pain and itching.
If the bites are particularly itchy and painful, consider pressing a clean washcloth soaked in very cold water against the bite site for about 10 minutes at a time. If swelling also occurs, you can also press an ice pack, a bag of frozen vegetables or ice cubes wrapped in a clean washcloth at intervals of 10 to 15 minutes.
6.) Apply hot water.
This technique involves heating (but not boiling) water to about 180 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the water is hot, dip the tip of a cotton swab into the water and apply it to the bite. The bite will sting a little for a few seconds, but eventually the itching should subside. Be very careful not to heat the water too much and only apply the swab directly to the bite.
7.) Calm down with freely available products.
You can go to your local pharmacy to find various remedies to relieve itching, pain and swelling in no-see-um bites. Analgesic creams can be used to relieve pain, and you can take an antihistamine to relieve itching. A cortisone cream is another remedy for itching and swelling caused by insect bites. If you have a rash or skin irritation, use a zinc cream. When using over-the-counter products, follow the instructions on the packaging.
8.) Consult a doctor if symptoms are severe.
If you experience an allergic reaction (wheezing, rash, difficulty swallowing, etc.), excessive pain, discomfort or skin irritation due to no-see-um stitches, seek medical attention immediately. You should also consult a doctor if you notice any signs of infection (such as fever, headache, swollen glands, nausea or a particularly tender or purulent bite) or illness (skin sores, anemia, fever, cough, lethargy, diarrhea or weight loss).
Use these tips to ensure that your no-see-um bites are treated effectively. To prevent further bites in the future, be sure to contact Benadryl to find out more about our effective and affordable options and our environmentally friendly pest control services.
Suction no-see-ums blood?
It is not unusual to hear that no-see-ums suck blood, but these tiny insects feed mainly on flower nectar as their main source of nutrition. Besides nectar, no-see-ums also need blood to reproduce. Female no-see-ums must consume blood in order to lay eggs. They can suck blood from a variety of sources, including livestock, humans, pets, rodents and others. The blood helps the female insects to produce eggs that hatch in just 28 days. Once the 28 days have passed, an adult adult no-see-um will hatch from the egg and continue the cycle of drinking blood and consuming flower nectar.
When a female no-see-um bites, her saliva is injected under the skin of the host animal. This causes blood to accumulate in this area, making it easier for the insect to take what it needs. The saliva of the no-see-um is irritating, so the bite appears as a red, itchy patch. More sensitive individuals may also notice swelling and a larger discoloration spot around the bite. No-see-ums are most active at dusk and dawn, which increases the likelihood of being stung at these times.
Do no-see-ums lay eggs in your skin?
If you have been bitten by a no-see-um, you don’t need to worry about anything except an irritating bite. A widespread myth says that no-see-ums lay eggs under the skin, but that’s not the case at all. No-see-ums actually lay their eggs in what is called a tip. The laces are moist because the developing larvae need a high level of moisture to develop. After a blood meal, the female no-see-um often visits a body of water to lay her eggs near a riverbank, a swamp, a still pond or even a hollowed tree stump.