When the weather is nice during the summer months, many people like to get outside and enjoy the outdoors. While you are outdoors social distancing, protecting your exposed skin surfaces from insect bites is the next step. Whether you’re in the water, on a mountain trail, or in your backyard, the wildlife you encounter have ways of protecting themselves and their territory.
Insects such as bees, ants, fleas, flies, mosquitoes, wasps, and arachnids may bite or sting. The initial contact of a bite may be painful. It’s often followed by an allergic reaction to venom deposited into your skin through the insect’s mouth or stinger.
Most bites and stings trigger nothing more than minor discomfort, but some encounters can be deadly, especially if you have severe allergies to the insect venom.
Prevention is the best medicine, so knowing how to recognize and avoid biting and stinging animals or insects is the best way to stay safe.
The most common symptoms of bug bites include:
- redness or rash
- pain in the affected area or in the muscles
- heat on and around the site of the bite or sting
- numbness or tingling in the affected area
Here at Nickel City Innovations, we have Safetec’s Insect Repellent Ointment to prevent and protect you from bug bites. We also have Safetec’s Insect Sting Relief which helps limit the pain and itching that often accompany insect bites. To begin relief, apply to the bitten area, and you will feel itching subside quickly. If you can stop the urge to itch, you can lower your chance of a secondary infection developing.