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Camping and Insects

When the weather warms up, people spend more time in nature, enjoy the sun, take a picnic, or escaping cities to camp somewhere near lakes or rivers. However, with the warm weather, many insects are getting back to life that can ruin your time in nature. What if you get bitten? How to pull out the tick correctly? Is it necessary to rush to the doctor immediately?

Bees, Hornets, Wasps

The bites of these insects are not mortal. However, every year people die from bites due to allergic reactions. If a person is allergic, even a single bite can cause death. If you have been bitten, the first thing to do is to pull out the sting immediately. It is very important to remove the foreign body as soon as possible. The longer you delay, the more poison your body will receive. Take a plastic bank card or any other similar item, or even just gently swipe the sting to pull the sting out.

Seek the medical attention immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms that might indicate the allergic reaction: difficulties to breathe, speak, have a headache or chest pain, feeling dizzy, or your face and throat is swelling.

Bee
Bee

If you are not allergic, you will just feel pain, throbbing and stinging in the bitten area. In this case, wash the skin gently with soap to prevent infection. There are many medications for suppressing stinging and itching. But if you do not have any medication, you can apply toothpaste to neutralize the secreted acid from bees, hornets, or wasps. You can take painkillers such as ibuprofen, or aspirin to relieve the pain itself or just put some ice.

Ticks

Ticks belong to the type of arachnids, and they are the most abundant group of them. Most ticks require another living creature, in this case an animal or a person whose blood the mite feeds on. The mite is special in that it needs significantly more blood than other parasites. If a sucked mite is not noticed, it can drink blood for up to 15 days. For most people, the word tick is associated with illness or even death.

There is no single reliable way to protect against ticks. The only reliable preventive measure is the tick-borne encephalitis vaccine. In the absence of specific treatment for tick-borne encephalitis, protection against the disease and its consequences can only be achieved through vaccination. Tick-borne encephalitis should be vaccinated for everyone, as Lithuania belongs to the zone of increased risk of tick-borne encephalitis.

Even if you are vaccinated, you should pull it out as soon as possible after detecting the mite. The longer the mite is absorbed, the more likely it is to become infected. Most make the biggest mistake when trying to pull out a tick just by greasing it with grease and pulling with their hands or tweezers. The head of a tick might be deep under the skin, and if you pull it inappropriately, there is a good chance that you will only pull out the body and the head will stay inside.