Bee, wasps, hornets and fire ant bites are often painful; unlike mosquito, flea and mite bites which cause itching. Generally they may cause localized pain or itching, redness and swelling. It all depends on the type of insect or arachnid.
- Bedbugs: Injuries are often in areas that are covered by clothes. They are small bites that are grouped together.
- Mosquito: Bites are found on accessible areas. We should note that mosquitoes can transmit diseases such as malaria and dengue in areas where they are present (endemic areas) and in our geographic area they might also transmit leishmaniasis.
- Ticks: usually a single lesion, most frequently affecting the scalp. Can be found attached, or they may leave a crust behind. It is important to consult with your Doctor as ticks may be vectors of diseases such as Lyme disease. (A disease that leads to muscle paralysis).
- Fleas: They are usually multiple lesions found on the legs. The sting is painful. They are carriers of diseases like plague.
- Spider: Usually a single bite. Its center is black.
We must watch out for signs of infection such as the appearance of a red, hot and painful area that grows in size; or anaphylaxis, such as difficulty breathing, swelling on the face or throat.