8 Summer Health Hazards Canadians Face Each Year

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Bug Bites

Mosquitoes, bees, wasps, ants and spiders. Is your skin crawling yet? The itching, swelling and pain of insect bites are due to the venom and other substances left behind. Sometimes there is a delayed reaction with additional symptoms (hives, painful joints, fever and swollen glands). Although most people react mildly, bites can be treated by removing the stinger, if there is one, and washing the area with soap and water.A small number of people experience a severe reaction, with symptoms such as swelling of the throat and lips, nausea, respiratory problems, faintness, dizziness, rapid heartbeat, confusion and shock. If you’re experiencing these symptoms, get emergency help right away. People with known allergies to insect bites should carry self-injectable epinephrine (EpiPen).Health Canada advises minimizing exposure to insects, covering up, and apply insect repellent (after sunscreen).

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