How To Prevent Insect Bites and Stings
Insect bites and stings can be extremely painful, and some people have severe reactions to them. Here are a few hints to help protect yourself:
What you'll need:
Citronella and eucalyptus products
Wear light-coloured, loose clothing that covers your arms and legs
Use screens or nets in bedrooms whenever you are staying in areas where mosquitoes and other biting insects are likely to attack.
Avoid using sweet scents, colognes and aftershave lotions that might attract insects.
Avoid sugar and other sweet foods in the diet. Excessive sugar in the blood may attract insects. It also increases the level of histamine in the blood, which promotes inflammatory reactions to bites and stings.
Vitamin B1 (100mg three times daily) and garlic tablets (two or threee tablets daily) are reputed to have a deterrent effect when taken regularly.
Natural insect repellents include citronella and eucalyptus essential oils. These can be used in oil evaporators or in candle form both inside and outdoors.
A wide variety of crawling or flying insects can cause discomfort through bites and stings. Midge, mosquitoes and horseflies will bite without warning at the first opportunity. Wasps and bees will only sting when provoked or disturbed.
Use a compress made with apple cider vinegar on the affected area.
To treat a bite or sting, bruise fresh plantain leaves and apply them directly to the affected area.
Hold the cut surface of an onion in place over the sting, or bind it with a crepe bandage, and keep it on for several hours.
A few individuals may be allergic to insect stings and suffer from swelling around the affected area, itching, impaired breathing, dizziness, vomiting and a rapid pulse. This is known as anaphylactic shock, and should be treated as a medical emergency.