Summer is definitely here and the heat of the sun can now be felt all over the country. Children are out of school and is now getting ready for the summer break to officially commence. Families are also getting ready for camping trips, which is usually the highlight of every summer.
However, the summer months are also the times when insects just come out and feast on people. They may not seem that dangerous since it is now like a natural thing that happens during the months of July and August, but what they carry is actually what you need to worry about. Obviously, there is just no way of telling wether a certain insect carries some sort of virus, which is why it is best to avoid and prevent your family from getting bitten.
Mosquito bites are very common during the warm season
It is best to avoid mosquitoes since they could be carrying viruses such as Zika, chikungya and West Nile. According to experts, the best possible ways to avoid getting bitten is to use an anti-mosquito repellant spray or apply some anti-mosquito lotion all over the body.
Candles and bracelets may also help but they are not guaranteed to work at all times. According to a 2015 study, anti-mosquito repellant that contains DEET are the ones that could definitely keep you away from mosquitoes, compared to those that doesn’t have it. It is also best to stay away from a puddle or have any buckets of water around since mosquitoes tend to lay their eggs on it.
Summers are their favorite season as well so technically, whatever outdoor activity you do, you may attract them. It was also revealed in one study that when someone drinks alcohol and their bodies’ increase temperature, mosquitoes would love it and will most likely attack.
Most people say that it could be quite difficult to recognize a spider bite compared to any other bites since there are a lot of different spiders out there, but usually the most common symptoms of spider bites are feeling the pain around the area, sweating, slight fever, itching, muscle pain, and in some cases people even start vomiting and hey headaches. Health experts believe that the best way to prevent spider bites is to make sure that everything in the in the house is clean, especially the bed.
Change sheets once every two weeks or once a week. There are thousands of different spiders in the United States alone, but they are most likely nonvenomous and most of these bites could easily be treated at home by washing the affected area and have an antibiotic ointment applied on it.
Head lice are most common in children than adults
When it comes to spreading disease, ticks are just like mosquitoes. Ticks are incredibly common during the summer especially if you have pet dogs around the house. They feed off of dogs’ blood and when they bite into humans, they could be carrying diseases such as Lyme disease, which is basically the most common one out there.
When you get bitten by a tick, some of the symptoms to watch out for are flu symptoms, but there are some cases that there would be a rash. Health experts say that most people don’t really realize that they actually have a tick attached to themselves since it is not exactly something that would hurt or feel uncomfortable, but it is best to get yourself checked within three weeks of finding a tick attached to you.
Some tick bites could actually be treated with antibiotics, but then again, it is always best to have it looked at so it would be diagnosed properly.
Children playing outdoors are most likely to pass on lice
Head Lice Bites
Last but probably one of the most common ones people get during the summers are head lice. This is technically more commoner in children than in adults because kids tend to play outside more with their friends a lot and so the lice could easily be passed on from one head to another.
The most common symptoms of having lice are when the head starts to itch so badly and uncontrollably, some people think it is just dandruff but they are called nits, which is the eggs that were hatched from the scalp. Lice don’t exactly carry any serious viruses but it could be very uncomfortable. Doctors usually prescribe shampoos for it and it could even been found over the counter.