horsefly bytes symptoms and treatment
including horsefly bite cure and prevention advice. Horseflies are back
again this summer in this video we show what you should do if you get bitten by
a horsefly. We will also give you the best horsefly bite prevention advice. It
was only last summer that the NHS sent out a warning over the Blandford fly and
it’s rather horrible blood-sucking bite. And the recent stuffy humid and
occasionally sunny weather has unfortunately brought the critters back
onto the radar. Horse flies which can also be known as Clegg’s possess
razor-sharp jaws and can give a very painful bite.
Where as midge bites a little more than an inconvenience bites from a horse fly
tend to take longer to recover from because they cut into the skin rather
than just piercing it. This could lead to the danger of infection. Horse fly bites
can also cause allergic reactions in some people who get bitten. Okay so what are horse flies. They are large dark colored brown flies which are around one
centimetre to 2.5 centimeters in size, they are generally found near to cattle,
horse stables, ponds, pools woodlands and grassy areas, hence the name. The Flies
aren’t just into horses though they will happily snack on any large warm blooded
mammal including humans. Only females bite because they need blood to produce
eggs They have jagged saw-like teeth which slice open skin then they release
an anticoagulant to stop the blood from clotting while they enjoy their meal. So
how do you know if you have been bitten by a horse fly. First off you will know
about it pretty quickly as the bites are painful. Horse fly bites can
develop into large red itchy swollen bumps within minutes, for most people
they are completely harmless but they are also extremely uncomfortable. Some
people also report feeling hot weak and nauseous. An infected bite can result in
redness oozing and extreme pain, so you should visit your GP if you are
suffering from an infected horse fly bite. In exceptional cases some people
can suffer an allergic reaction with symptoms including dizziness
wheezing difficulty breathing a blotchy skin rash and severe swelling that may
be visible in your lips. If you suffer any of these
reactions seek medical help immediately. Here is what you should do if you are
bitten by a horsefly, it’s important to keep the bite clean because if bacteria
gets into the skin it can become infected. In very rare cases it can cause
cellulitis and infection of the soft tissue It’s best to clean the wound
with an antiseptic soap and warm water, then apply an ice pack to help soothe
the area and stop the itching. Doctors normally recommend using an
over-the-counter steroid cream containing hydrocortisone. Ibuprofen gel
can also help ease any pain and swelling. Horsefly bite prevention advice.
There are numerous ways to reduce or prevent being bitten by horseflies. One of the
most effective methods is to wear long sleeve shirts and full-length trousers.
Eating garlic or taking garlic supplements is also known to be
effective in preventing horsefly bites. There are also numerous fly repellent
sprays that can be purchased over the counter. You can see the reviews of these
sprays in the description below. These simple precautions and treating
any bites quickly will reduce the effect of a horsefly bite.
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