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How serious can insect bites be?

In general, the bites themselves are not serious. However, in some rare cases, people can have a severe reaction. This can be very serious and requires immediate medical treatment. In addition, the insects that bite can also be carrying serious diseases, such as malaria or West Nile virus. If your insect bite symptoms progress beyond the minor annoyance of an itchy bump, see a doctor.

The large majority of insect bites are not serious, causing only local irritation and redness. Unfortunately, some bugs can cause bigger problems. Examples include ticks that cause Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever or Lyme disease. Mosquitos can cause encephalitis or even malaria in certain areas. Be aware if you live in the areas that have these insects and check out any bite that goes beyond warmth, itching and color change.

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