Sedating a cat for travel

See your GP if your symptoms are severe (for example, if you have a lot of swelling and blistering) or if there is pus, which indicates an infection.

If an insect bites you, you may become 'sensitive' to its saliva.

This means that if you are bitten again by the same or a similar species, it can provoke a local reaction.

A small hole (the actual bite) may also be visible.

The lump may have an inflamed (red and swollen) area around it that may be filled with fluid. Insect bites usually clear up within several hours and they can be safely treated at home.

Bites from midges, mosquitoes and gnats often cause small papules (lumps) to form on your skin that are usually very itchy.

If you are particularly sensitive to insect bites, you may develop: Mosquito bites in certain areas of tropical countries can cause malaria (a condition that causes a high temperature and can be fatal).

Others may develop a more serious reaction, such as blistering and a number of itchy, red lumps. As well as insects that bite, some insects sting and inject venom into the wound.

In Ireland, insects that sting include: See the Health A-Z topic about Insect stings for more information, including how to treat them.

If the mites are from pets, you may be bitten on your abdomen (tummy) and thighs where the pet has been sitting on your lap. Some bites will naturally be red and swollen, but for other types of bites these symptoms may not be normal and could indicate an infection.

If you think your bite may have become infected, or if you are concerned about your symptoms, see your GP.

This is when your immune system (the body's defence system) reacts badly to the insect bite. You are more likely to have an allergic reaction if you are stung by an insect.

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