Many bites and stings are defensive. Insects sting to protect their hives, nests or themselves against a perceived threat.

Bites and stings from insects are common and cause small reactions limited to the area of the bite. Most of these bites are a mere nuisance.

A sting or a bite by bees, hornets, wasps, ticks, fleas, mosquitoes, spiders, fire ants, will be accompanied by a small amount of venom that causes most of the itching and pain associated with sting.

Sometimes a bite or a sting may cause an allergic reaction known as anaphylactic shock. In this case you need immediately a clinic treatment.

Insect bites and stings may be a serious problem in case that insect carries infectious agents or diseases, such as Malaria, Lyme disease, or Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

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