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How do insect bites affect the body?

Insect bites inject substances into the skin that have an irritating affect on the body. In most cases, this just produces a bump that itches. However, in more serious cases, they can cause nausea or swelling. They can even cause the airway to swell or even close up, impeding breathing.

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