A to Z: Insect Bites/Stings, Non-Venomousenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZDictionary-enHD-AR1.jpgBites from non-venomous insects are the result of an insect attempting to feed upon a person's blood. Non-venomous means the insect does not inject poisons through its bite.non-venomous insect bite, bug bite, mosquitos, fleas, chiggers, scabies, mites, lice, bed bugs, intense itching, disease carriers, malaria, Lyme disease08/14/201304/05/201909/02/2019fcc69e27-5eeb-4d09-911c-45705fa7c7f8https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-insect-nonvenomous.html/<p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/insect-bite.html/">Bites</a> from non-venomous insects are the result of an insect attempting to feed on a person's <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/blood.html/">blood</a>. Non-venomous means the insect doesn't inject poisons into the person's body through its bite.</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>Non-venomous insect bites include those from mosquitoes, fleas, mites, lice, and bedbugs. The bite causes a raised red spot at the site that itches and may blister. If scratched, it can become an open sore with a risk for infection. <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/center/allergies-center.html/">Allergic reactions</a> also can result from non-venomous insect bites; but, severe reactions are rare.</p> <p>The bigger concern with non-venomous insects is when they carry diseases, such as mosquitoes that transmit malaria in Africa or ticks that infect people with <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/lyme.html/">Lyme disease</a> in parts of the United States.</p> <p>Non-venomous insect bites can be treated at home with topical ointments (applied to the skin, like calamine lotion), antihistamines, anesthetics, and moderate steroids to reduce itching.</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>Non-venomous bug bites are much milder than venomous bites from insects that inject poisons, like bees, wasps, hornets, or scorpions. Non-venomous bites can be&nbsp;a nuisance, but usually don't cause any serious or lasting health problems.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
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BedbugsBedbugs have people on high alert, checking mattresses and furniture for telltale signs of these irritating, hard-to-control pests. Here's what to look for and how to deal with them.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/bedbugs.html/3dea0b7c-1ff4-48ce-8bff-cab76d77f561
Bug Bites and StingsGenerally, insect bites and stings are harmless. Find out how to keep pests from ruining your fun.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/bug-bites.html/3b3949de-2ab8-470e-871d-35c8e648835d
First Aid: Insect Stings and BitesBeing stung by a bug is often just irritating and doesn't require medical treatment. But kids who are highly allergic to stings may need emergency medical care.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/insect-stings-sheet.html/86e1ee2e-fa87-43cc-a5a0-4344a72a3a1c
First Aid: Spider BitesMost spider bites cause mild reactions, but some can cause serious illness or allergic reactions. Here's what to do if you think your child was bitten by a spider.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/spider-bites-sheet.html/4b81bc59-f504-4feb-b579-7a7a0c4442d3
Head LiceLice aren't dangerous, but they do spread from person to person easily. They can also be hard to get rid of. Find out how to prevent lice -- and what to do if someone you know has them.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/head-lice.html/1fa1835e-3b8a-4b73-bd6e-ae80864575dd
Hey! A Bedbug Bit Me!A bedbug is a small, flat, reddish-brown bug that can be found in homes all over the world. Learn more about bedbugs.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/bedbug.html/6229fb86-8c96-447d-8de3-214f79486b25
Hey! A Bee Stung Me!Bee, or honeybee, is the word many people use to describe any flying insect that has wings and a stinger. Learn more about bees.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/bee.html/2c0f5eea-a7dd-4dd6-a0de-5a55a1e639c9
Hey! A Black Widow Spider Bit Me!The black widow spider is one of six poisonous kinds of spiders in the United States. Learn more about them!https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/black-widow.html/c364a78a-90e1-4b20-9064-30bb789cc493
Hey! A Brown Recluse Spider Bit Me!The brown recluse spider is one of six poisonous kinds of spiders in the United States. Learn more about the brown recluse spider.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/brown-recluse.html/02ad1372-2b9f-4ba9-8138-8cde072b7abe
Hey! A Fire Ant Stung Me!Fire ants think they're hot stuff. Learn how to handle them in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/fire-ant.html/d612d107-1c46-4f87-bd8a-5f4f940e5fc3
Hey! A Flea Bit Me!A flea is a small (no bigger than the head of a pin) brown bug with a hard shell. Learn more about fleas and how they affect you in this fun article just for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/flea.html/e0b1dea7-4c43-4fe4-8337-132df073cddc
Hey! A Louse Bit Me!Lice need to suck blood to survive, and they sometimes live on people's heads and lay eggs in their hair. Get the lowdown on lice in this article.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/louse.html/92145ad3-516d-4d0a-9af3-0bb66651f7a1
Hey! A Mosquito Bit Me!There are thousands of different kinds of mosquitoes in many different sizes and colors. Learn all about mosquitoes and how they bite you in this article.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/mosquito.html/1fc17e08-ebc2-41af-9402-b8ffc29fdae5
Hey! A Scorpion Stung Me!Scorpions are about three inches long (about the length of a crayon), with eight legs and a small pair of claws that look like crabs' claws. Read all about them.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/scorpion.html/843d0688-ac4b-4176-aa1c-103a3c2a5f8f
Hey! A Tarantula Bit Me!A tarantula is a black, hairy spider that is about two to three inches long. Learn all about spiders and tarantulas in this fun article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/tarantula.html/c74043c2-e657-4da4-82be-4fee2033e372
Hey! A Tick Bit Me!A tick attaches itself to the skin of a person or animal and sucks blood. If you have a dog, it may have picked up a tick before! Learn more about ticks in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/tick.html/5c7ade05-a711-4084-ad09-760d2c5e60b2
How Can I Prevent Lyme Disease?Does the thought of Lyme disease make you worry about enjoying the great outdoors? Here's some information to help you lower your risk for Lyme disease.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/lyme-risk-teen.html/692e7f8c-853a-4401-893e-3410bd447471
How Can I Protect My Family From Ticks?Find out what the experts say.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/protect-from-ticks.html/235b974f-0b22-47de-82ec-26735ccb8488
Insect Sting AllergyInsect sting allergies can cause serious reactions. Find out how to keep kids safe.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/sting-allergy.html/701e2b97-9880-4ee9-8b38-56ab474a1a9b
Lyme DiseaseLyme disease can affect the skin, joints, nervous system, and other organ systems. If Lyme disease is diagnosed quickly and treated with antibiotics, most people feel better quickly.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/lyme.html/d17f5ce5-05a0-4d44-92e2-490eccd510ec
Rocky Mountain Spotted FeverRocky Mountain spotted fever is an infection spread by ticks. Find out more about it - including how to prevent it.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/rocky.html/05360f90-1ee9-49f3-ad41-739d5e948592
What Are Head Lice?Lice are tiny insects that live in a person's hair. Find out more in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/lice.html/65d07236-4cfa-4ba1-ab5a-c16b3c7e4fb3