Insect Bites and Insect Stings
Insect bites and stings are common and usually cause only minor irritation. However, some stings can be painful and trigger a serious allergic reaction.
Insects that bite include midges, mosquitoes, fleas, bedbugs and although not strictly insects, spiders, mites and ticks, which are arachnids.
Insects that sting include bees, wasps and hornets.
An insect bites you by making a hole in your skin to feed. Most insects sting as a defense by injecting venom into your skin.
A small lump usually develops which is usually very itchy. A small hole, or the sting itself, may also be visible. The lump may have an inflamed (red and swollen) area around it that may be filled with fluid. This is called a weal.
Insect bites and stings usually clear up within several hours and can be safely treated at home. However, some insect bites and stings may cause an allergic reaction and symptoms can include swelling, redness, pain, dizziness, loss of breath, and anxiety.
Caution: If you experience symptoms such as flushing, generalized hives, swelling around the neck or tongue, difficulty breathing, faintness, or loss of consciousness or diarrhea after you are bitten or stung by an insect, immediately consult your physician or go to the emergency room.
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food restaurants.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
- Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef.
www.grasslandbeef.com The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.
Take vitamin C as soon as possible, along with vitamin B5. Vitamin E applied topically can also help.
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually disease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
Insect bites home cures for the gardener: www.veggiegardener.com/14-home-remedies-for-insect-bites-stings/
Preventing stings and bites naturally and organically: www.organicauthority.com/sanctuary/treat-bug-bites-and-stings-naturally.html
Ayurveda home remedies: www.youtube.com/watch?v=avjBRDGxO3Y
How to take the sting out of bites: www.naturalnews.com/030342_insect_bites_treatment.html
Homeopathic remedies may stop the spread of disease caused by insect bites: www.naturalnews.com/036050_Chagas_disease_AIDS_homeopathic_remedies.html
Further Information (links and books)
Backyard Medicine: Harvest and Make Your Own Herbal Remedies by Julie Bruton-Seal and Matthew Seal
Andrea Butje | Aromahead [email protected] – aromatherapy
Carrie Vitt [email protected] – organic food recipes.
David Spector-NSR/USA [email protected] – meditation, stress
Judith Hoad [email protected] – herbalist.
Kath May [email protected] – reiki, tai chi.
Lillian Bridges [email protected] – Chinese medicine, living naturally.
Monika [email protected] – aromatherapy.
Rakesh [email protected] – Ayurvedic Practitioner.