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Identifying the type of bite you have is crucial to treat it correctly. Here is what to look out for with 13 common bug bites.
From Ben Stiller to Bella Hadid, here are a few celebrities who have been open about their battle with Lyme disease, the tick-borne illness.
Chiggers are tough to spot because they're only about 1/150th of an inch, but their bites cause an intense itch. They may be spreading a "red meat allergy" to alpha-gal, a sugar that's found in the meat of most mammals, and can also be found in dairy products and certain medications.
Between 2004 and 2016, rates of diseases spread by vectors like ticks and mosquitoes tripled, with the vast majority of that increase due to ticks. Experts expect the problem to continue to get worse, as warmer weather allows ticks to spread disease longer throughout the year.
Blood-sucking pests like ticks and mosquitoes can carry a host of bad diseases that can cause permanent harm or even death. Fortunately, with some preparation, you can reduce your risk of contracting a serious tick- or mosquito-borne illness.
Effective products against mosquitoes contain DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or PMD (though some should not be used on kids under three). Some of the same products work for ticks, but they can be less effective.
We already knew Lone Star ticks made people allergic to red meat and other products from mammals, including dairy. But it turns out their bites may also increase heart disease risk.
The Lone Star tick's alpha-galactose, or alpha-gal, allergy, is still new enough that it's not counted by the CDC on their lists of tick-borne diseases. It makes people allergic to red meat and mammal products and can cause life-threatening reactions.
Ticks are tiny, hard to kill, and they carry devastating diseases. To get people to understand how scary that is and how hard they can be to spot, the CDC recently tweeted a terrifying image of a poppyseed muffin covered in ticks.
Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses are skyrocketing — here’s how to know if you have Lyme disease
Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that's spread primarily though the bite of an infected black-legged tick, also known as the deer tick. These tiny arthropods typically live in wooded and grassy areas. There are 300,000 infections per year in the US.