Insect Bites (cont.)
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The response to a sting or bite from insects or "bugs" is variable and depends on a variety of factors. Most bites and stings result in:
The skin may be broken and become infected. If not treated properly, these local infections may become severe and cause a condition known as cellulitis.
In the past few years, researchers have found that tick bites (from the lone star tick) can generate an allergic response to red meat (beef, pork and venison, for example) and even milk.
These problems may occur from the bite and the antigens that accompany the saliva during the bite or sting. The added problems of pathogen transfer during the bite, sting or feeding process are detailed in separate articles and will only be mentioned briefly in this general article.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/1/2016
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