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Bites from non-venomous insects are the result of an insect attempting to feed on a person’s blood. Non-venomous means the insect doesn’t inject poisons into the person’s body through its bite.
Non-venomous insect bites include those from mosquitoes, fleas, mites, lice, and bedbugs. The bite causes a raised red spot at the site that itches and may blister. If scratched, it can become an open sore with a risk for infection. Allergic reactions also can result from non-venomous insect bites; but, severe reactions are rare.
The bigger concern with non-venomous insects is when they carry diseases, such as mosquitoes that transmit malaria in Africa or ticks that infect people with Lyme disease in parts of the United States.
Non-venomous insect bites can be treated at home with topical ointments (applied to the skin, like calamine lotion), antihistamines, anesthetics, and moderate steroids to reduce itching.
Non-venomous bug bites are much milder than venomous bites from insects that inject poisons, like bees, wasps, hornets, or scorpions. Non-venomous bites can be a nuisance, but usually don’t cause any serious or lasting health problems.
All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.
Fire ants think they’re hot stuff. Learn how to handle them in this article for kids.
A tarantula is a black, hairy spider that is about two to three inches long. Learn all about spiders and tarantulas in this fun article for kids.
A flea is a small (no bigger than the head of a pin) brown bug with a hard shell. Learn more about fleas and how they affect you in this fun article just for kids.
Find out what the experts say.
Bee, or honeybee, is the word many people use to describe any flying insect that has wings and a stinger. Learn more about bees.
Scorpions are about three inches long (about the length of a crayon), with eight legs and a small pair of claws that look like crabs’ claws. Read all about them.
Find out what the experts have to say.
Most bug bites and stings are just annoying. But some can cause infections and allergic reactions. It’s important to know what to watch for, and when to get medical attention.
Being stung by a bug is often just irritating and doesn’t require medical treatment. But kids who are highly allergic to stings may need emergency medical care.
The black widow spider is one of six poisonous kinds of spiders in the United States. Learn more about them!
The brown recluse spider is one of six poisonous kinds of spiders in the United States. Learn more about the brown recluse spider.
A bedbug is a small, flat, reddish-brown bug that can be found in homes all over the world. Learn more about bedbugs.
Lice aren’t dangerous, but they do spread from person to person easily. They can also be hard to get rid of. Find out how to prevent lice — and what to do if someone you know has them.
Insect sting allergies can cause serious reactions. Find out how to keep kids safe.
Bedbugs have people on high alert, checking mattresses and furniture for telltale signs of these irritating, hard-to-control pests. Here’s what to look for and how to deal with them.
Bedbugs are in the news because of recent infestations. Learn the telltale signs of these irritating pests – and how to deal with a bite.
Generally, insect bites and stings are harmless. Find out how to keep pests from ruining your fun.
Lyme disease can affect the skin, joints, nervous system, and other organ systems. If Lyme disease is diagnosed quickly and treated with antibiotics, most people feel better quickly.
Does the thought of Lyme disease make you worry about enjoying the great outdoors? Here’s some information to help you lower your risk for Lyme disease.
Rocky Mountain spotted fever is an infection spread by ticks. Find out more about it – including how to prevent it.
Most spider bites cause mild reactions, but some can cause serious illness or allergic reactions. Here’s what to do if you think your child was bitten by a spider.
Lyme disease can be treated if it’s caught early. Find out what causes it, how it’s treated, and how to prevent it.
There are thousands of different kinds of mosquitoes in many different sizes and colors. Learn all about mosquitoes and how they bite you in this article.
A tick attaches itself to the skin of a person or animal and sucks blood. If you have a dog, it may have picked up a tick before! Learn more about ticks in this article for kids.
Lice need to suck blood to survive, and they sometimes live on people’s heads and lay eggs in their hair. Get the lowdown on lice in this article.
Lice are tiny insects that live in a person’s hair. Find out more in this article for kids.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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