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What are the first aid for insect bite in tropics?

What are the first aid for insect bite in tropics?

Depends: There can be some pretty nasty insects in the tropics. However, most often just symptomatic treatment works the best, like antihistamines, icing the area, wound cleansing if the bite is more severe and other common basic treatments. ...Read more

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Are mosquito bites harmfull in the uk

Are mosquito bites harmfull in the uk

They haven't been...: Diseases transmitted by mosquitos are largely a problem in tropical climates. The UK has typically experienced only nuisance mosquito bites. However I read that there are concerns about disease carrying mosquitos having entered the country through imported tires from the Far East. I would watch for NHS bulletins regarding this. Stay well:) ...Read more

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Here in the u.S., is there a chance of getting an anopheles mosquito bite?

Here in the u.S., is there a chance of getting an anopheles mosquito bite?

VERY,VERY HIGH: "anopheles quadrimaculatus" is the most important species in the eastern United States regarding malaria transmission. In the western United States, it's "anopheles freeborni"."anopheles punctipennis" found in the contiguous U.S. States- however, it is not the natural vector of malaria. ...Read more

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Why don't mosquito bites in the U.S. cause malaria?

Why don't mosquito bites in the U.S. cause malaria?

Malaria Mosquitoes: There are about 3,500 species of mosquitoes. Only 30 to 40 species of female Anopheles mosquitoes act as a vector for Malaria. The mosquito would need to be infected with one of the species of malaria parasites. ...Read more

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Can bug or insect bites dpread to different parts of the body?

Can bug or insect bites dpread to different parts of the  body?

Bites: Depends on the bug. Scabies are going to spread on the body, are very itchy, but usually found near fingers, belt and bra lines. Bed bugs are usually not spreading but as the person continues to get bit each night, the bites accumulate in number and seem to spread. Mosquitoes love exposed surfaces and thrive near water, tics usually bite once and then a rash spreads, fleas bite the lower legs. ...Read more

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Which is the best home remedy for taking the itch out of mosquito bites?

Which is the best home remedy for taking the itch out of mosquito bites?

Remedies: Hello. Here are some ideas. Store aloe vera gel in the refrigerator and apply to affected area. Rub a basil leaf on the bite. It repels mosquitoes & has anti-inflammatory properties effect. ...Read more

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In which countries in the Americas do I have to worry about Zika virus from mosquito bites?

In which countries in the Americas do I have to worry about Zika virus from mosquito bites?

22 countries:: As of Jan 27, 2016, these countries have Zika virus transmission in the Americas: Barbados Bolivia Brazil Colombia Dominican Republic Ecuador El Salvador French Guiana Guadeloupe Guatemala Guyana Haiti Honduras Martinique Mexico Panama Paraguay Puerto Rico Saint Martin Suriname U.S. Virgin Islands Venezuela ...Read more

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Will the radiation from the fukushima disaster affect people on the west coast of the U.S.?

Will the radiation from the fukushima disaster affect people on the west coast of the U.S.?

No: The amount of radiation is negligible compared with the background that Mother Nature provides from outer space, natural radioactivity in rocks, and even the isotopes in your own body. There is nothing "enlightened" about being frightened by disinformation, even from "friends of the environment" / conspiracy talkers. I know no physician or scientist who's at all concerned. ...Read more

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Is the west nile fever found all over the usa?

Is the west nile fever found all over the usa?

The Robin: West nile virus must be produced in high numbers before being passed through mosquitoes. Birds are far and away the most frequent carriers. Robins look like they might be responsible for spread all over the country. Mosquitoes have to feed on the infected robin and then pass the virus on to human beings through a bite. ...Read more

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Which insect bites in the u.S. Have parasites like they do in africa?

Which insect bites in the u.S. Have parasites like they do in africa?

Parasites: Cockroaches frequently feed on human feces, and therefore they can disseminate cysts of enteric protozoans in the environment if such feces are contaminated (7, 16, 24, 25, 30, 31, 32). The important epidemiological role of cockroaches in transmission of intestinal entamoeba histolytica-associated amoebiasis was demonstrated in 1971 (25) and in giardiasis in 1981 (16). ...Read more

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Is there a way to find out the number of venomous black widow bite cases in the u.S. For a year?

Is there a way to find out the number of venomous black widow bite cases in the u.S. For a year?

Don't know: "in the United States, compiled black widow spider bite facts show us that between the year 1950 and 1989 there were only 63 reported instances of lethal black widow spider bites." easier to find deaths than number of bites. You can call your state health dept and see if they know for your area. ...Read more

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Can liquid type mosquito repellents be injurious to the health of small babies?

Can liquid type mosquito repellents be injurious to the health of small babies?

YES can be dangerous: The most common ingredient in liquid mosquito repellents is deet, a known neurotoxin which can cause lethargy, headaches, tremors, involuntary movements, seizures & convulsions, as well as skin irritation. This can happen at any age but is a greater risk in children, esp. Babies. I would never risk this in my child. There are safe natural alternatives like burt's bees herbal insect repellent. ...Read more

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What is protocol for suspicion of tick bite in heavy deer and dog tick areas of new england?

What is protocol for suspicion of tick bite in heavy deer and dog tick areas of new england?

Look for body ticks: Symptoms of tick borne illness are varied depending on the tick vector and diseases carried. If you see any attached ticks and do not know how long they have been attached or any rashes, severe headaches, joint or muscle aches, neck stiffness or are just worried, see you primary doctor for a physical exam and lab testing asap. ...Read more

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What is the fluid that squeezes out of mosquito bites?

What is the fluid that squeezes out of mosquito bites?

Inflammatory fluid: Most likely it is the fluid between cells( and maybe some fluid leaking out of cells that may have been damaged) that increase after your body starts to react to the bite (inflammation). Mosquitoes do not inject significant amounts of fluid when biting. ...Read more

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What are the risks/benefits of using mosquito repellent?

What are the risks/benefits of using mosquito repellent?

All benefit, no risk: Risks are essentially zero, unless your skin is sensitive to it. Benefits ange from prevention of itchy bites at one extreme, to prevention of death from malaria and other mosquito-borne illness at the other. ...Read more

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Which is the best anti-histamine to get for itching from mosquito bites?

Which is the best anti-histamine to get for itching from mosquito bites?

Varies with people: Each individual may differ in their response to an antihistamine. Diphenhydramine is usually very effective, but also causes sedation which limits its use. Cetirizine is also an effective antihistamine with less sedative effects. Prescription topical steroids can also help the itch and swelling. ...Read more

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Whats the cure for mosquito bite bumps all over the skin itchy?

Whats the cure for mosquito bite bumps all over the skin itchy?

Reduce Symptoms: No good "cure", but you can do a lot to reduce symptoms, generally with topical remedies. Start with Diphenhydramine cream or topical anesthetic "sticks". Better is prescription strength steroid cream. Some argue for topical raw (freshly sliced) onion! works for bee-stings too. For truly "all over" bites, consider an oral steroid, but this is a prescription you must get from your doctor. ...Read more

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Which arkansas insect bites multiple times and how to treat the bite?

Which arkansas insect bites multiple times and how to treat the bite?

Not state specific: There are not insects that are really state specific, more climate than region. That said, there are certain areas of the country that have more of one type insect than others. General care for insect bites is good hygeine, sypmtoms relief, and watch for signs that infection is starting. ...Read more

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What is the most effective insect repellant on the market today?

What is the most effective insect repellant on the market today?

INSECT REPELLENTS: Deet remains the criterion standard of currently available insect repellents. Marketed products include off!, cutter, repel, sawyer, ben's, and ultrathon. For most uses, choose a repellent with 5-35% deet. Repellents can be safely applied lightly to exposed skin or clothing. In your case, apply deet in a small area of skin first watching for any signs of irritation before using over a wider area. ...Read more