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Bites and stings

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When an insect (mosquito, wasp, bee, flea, etc.) or a spider bites or stings, they inoculate substances in the body that irritate the skin, causing hives or welts to appear in the affected area.

If you are bitten or stung by animals or plants, it is important to note that scratching releases histamine, and this causes more discomfort for a longer time.

It is also important to identify the type of animal or plant causing the bite or sting to understand its basic aspects and characteristics. The most common symptoms caused are:

Tips to avoiding insect bites/stings

For insects, the following tips can be useful to avoid them biting/stinging:

An insect sting should never be underestimated as its effect is highly dependent on the person: if they are sensitive, an anaphylactic shock can occur.

It is recommended to contact the emergency services in the following cases:

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