Scientific studies have demonstrated Manuka Honey has highly effective anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Nature's Gold Therapeutic Skin Cream with Active 20+ Manuka Honey and MANUKA POWER Concentrated Ointment with 30% Manuka Honey, when massaged into the affected area, will reduce the pain and swelling from the sting or bite and also prevent infection.
Insect bites often cause one or more red bumps that are usually itchy and sometimes painful. Often there is a small hole in the middle of the bite, perhaps with the end of the sting sticking out. Apart from this local irritation, the bite is not usually dangerous provided the victim is not allergic to insect bites.
The difference is due to the nature of the bite or sting. They can be split into two categories – venomous and non-venomous. Venomous insects attack as a defence mechanism, injecting painful, toxic venom through their stingers. Non-venomous insects bite and usually inject anti-coagulant saliva in order to feed on your blood. Although local irritation and allergic reactions to the saliva and anti-coagulants do occur from non-venomous bites, severe reactions such as anaphylactic shock only happen from venomous stings.
Non-venomous insects include mosquitoes, sand flies, chiggers, fleas, lice and bugs.
Venomous insects include wasps, hornets, bees and ants.
The most common symptoms of insect bites include swelling, redness, itching and may be quite painful. However, they are not considered dangerous because allergic reactions are extremely rare. Venomous stings, on the other hand, are always painful, red and swollen up to twelve inches around the sting site. This is called a local reaction.
Treatment depends on the type of bite or sting
Stings – if the insect has left a stinger, it must first be removed. This can be done by placing the edge of a dull table knife firmly against the skin next to the embedded stinger. By applying constant firm pressure, scrape the knife across the skin surface and the stinger. This will remove it without injecting more venom, which is what happens when you remove the stinger with tweezers or your fingers.
Bites – itching is the main symptom to control with insect bites. First, wash the bite with soap and water, then cool off the skin with ice cubes or an ice-pack wrapped in a cloth. Elevating the affected area will help prevent excessive swelling. Massage Nature's Gold Therapeutic Skin Cream immediately into the affected are to alleviate the itch and reduce the swelling of pain. Nature's Gold MANUKA POWER ointment can also be massaged into the bite area.
Any systemic reaction should be seen by a doctor immediately. This includes hives wherever they may occur, swelling in the face, shortness of breath or wheezing, difficulty swallowing and lightheadedness or fainting. These usually occur within minutes to an hour after the sting.
Manuka Honey products provide two-fold relief from Insect Stings and Bites.
Relieves the itchiness and reduces the redness and swelling and prevents infection.
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