The Biting Season

Insect bites and stings are an inevitable part of summer. But once bitten, it's not always easy to differentiate a flea bite from a mosquito bite.

Dr. Bruce Katz, from the Juva Skin-Laser Center in New York, visited The Early Show with tips for distinguishing bug bites.

Katz says insects can carry deadly diseases, so it's important to avoid getting bitten or stung. The best approach is to wear insect repellent containing DEET.

For children, doctors recommend using very low concentrations of DEET, to be sprayed only on clothes. The most important thing you want to avoid is getting the spray on children's hands, because it could make its way into their mouths.

You will also want to wear clothes that cover large parts of your body. Katz says it's also a good idea to avoid wearing any fragrances or perfumes. And stay away from bright colored clothing, which tends to attract insects.

Here are some insect bites to be aware of:

Tick Bite
Katz says the way to distinguish a tick bite is to look for a raised ring. The sign someone may have Lyme Disease is a bull's eye shaped red raised rings. But it's important to remember that the bull's eye doesn't always appear with Lyme Disease.

You should see a dermatologist right away if the bull's eye develops, he says. Lyme Disease is a very serious condition, and there are tests that the doctor will want to run.

Mosquito Bite
Many are worried about mosquito bites because of the past years' West Nile Virus scares. The most common symptoms of the West Nile Virus are fever, headaches and muscle aches -- and that includes the back. Also, look for skin rash and swollen lymph glands.

Over-the-counter products, such as hydrocortisone, can be used to treat mosquito bites. Katz says they will help with the swelling. A good tip on avoiding mosquito bites is staying away from areas where mosquitoes tend to congregate, such as puddles.

Bee Stings
With a bee sting, Katz says, the bee will always leave a stinger behind. If you can easily remove the stinger, then take it out on your own. But if the stinger goes deep, he suggests going to a doctor to avoid getting an infection.

Flea Bite
Katz says flea bites are often found on the lower legs or on the arms because the insect tends to live in low areas. You'll want to look for little red raised bumps.

If you have a pet, have a veterinarian treat the animal for fleas. Katz says you may even want to consider using a flea bomb in your house.

To treat a flea bite, wash the area with soap and water and rub a calamine-type lotion on the skin.

Spider Bite
Spider bites are typically the worst type of insect bites you can get. You often see a big blister with a black center. A brown recluse spider bite will also cause a stinging sensation and the blister will be filled with fluid.

For treatment of the bite, Katz recommends cleaning the area with an antibiotic to avoid getting an infection. Healthscout.com recommends applying an ice pack, and calling 911 immediately.

This kind of bite often heals quickly if you tend to it properly.

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