Stop bug bite itch with natural remedies


How would you like a stronger immune system or better sleep? Action between the sheets can help you get all of this and more.

Red, itchy, and scaly skin? Discover common skin conditions like psoriasis, rashes, and more in the collection of medical photos.

Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

Many people get bitten by mosquitos each year, but bites can affect people differently. When mosquitoes bite, they draw out blood while injecting some of their saliva. Their saliva contains an anticoagulant and proteins.

The proteins are foreign substances that trigger the body’s immune system. To fight them the body’s immune system releases histamine, a compound that helps white blood cells get to the affected area. Histamine is what causes the itchiness, inflammation, and swelling.

Sometimes if a person is bitten for the first time they won’t have a response. This is because their body hasn’t formulated a response to the foreign invader. And some people may not notice bites at all. Others may build up a tolerance over time.

Flea bites on humans are surprisingly common, especially if you have any four legged friends around the house. However even if you don’t have pets, your yard can potentially be home to fleas. Fleas typically spend more than three-quarters of their life away from a host animal and they can live for weeks or even months without food in house’s carpets and bedding, or your yard.

While these resilient little insects may have names like human fleas, dog fleas and cat fleas they can in fact feed on the blood of many different mammals, including humans. So while some species of flea may be better adapted to one animal over another, eg cat fleas or dog fleas, they are more than happy to take a bite out of plenty of other species.

An adult flea can live for several weeks without food, the females cannot lay eggs without getting some blood, so sooner or later they are going to be looking for a meal and we make a pretty good feast for them regardless of their preferred meal.

Bed bug bite marks are caused by a stylet located on the insects head.  The stylet punctures the skin and is inserted into the skin until a blood supply is located (it isn't technically a bite.)  As part of the feeding process, the bedbug will inject a substance into the host that acts like an anesthetic, so the host doesn't feel the puncture. Each bite will have one puncture mark on the skin.

Bites usually occur at night in areas not covered by clothes such as the neck, shoulders, arms and lower legs. Bites tend to not occur on the face or bottoms of the feet. It is possible for bedbugs to bite underneath loose clothing.

Some people, but not all, will have an allergic reaction to the substances injected into the skin. This ranges from skin irritation,  minor papules (small pimple or red skin irritation), to in  rare cases, large itchy welts and skin blistering. Bed bug Bites can occur in one location or can look like a cluster or pattern of bites in a triangle, group or straight line.

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How would you like a stronger immune system or better sleep? Action between the sheets can help you get all of this and more.

Red, itchy, and scaly skin? Discover common skin conditions like psoriasis, rashes, and more in the collection of medical photos.

Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

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