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What You Should Know About a Bug Bite Bruise

A bug bite bruise can be caused by different types of insects. Here’s how to tell what bug bit you, other signs, and what to do about it. You...

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Box Jellyfish Stings: Everything You Need to Know

The box jellyfish is one of the most venomous animals in the world. Learn the signs, symptoms, and treatment options for a box jellyfish sting. There...

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Snake Bites: Everything You Need to Know

Recognizing a snake bite and getting treatment quickly is crucial. Find out what to do if a snake bites you and how to prevent snake bites. A bite...

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Natural Remedies for Spider Bites

Learn more about which spiders are venomous, what to do if you get bitten, and when it’s best to seek medical treatment. Spider bites are usually...

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Animal Bites: What You Need to Know

Wild animals may bite if they feel threatened. An animal bite is most common with pets. Learn more about animal bites, causes, symptoms, and...

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Pictures of a Rattlesnake Bite in the Hospital

A rattlesnake bites a Northern California beekeeper tending his hives. See the pictures of the bite and the rattlesnake. A northern California...

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Jellyfish Sting Treatment and Myths

Will urine work on a jellyfish stings? Read about what you can do to treat a jellyfish sting and why urine may not be the best. Jellyfish cause...

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Which Natural Mosquito Repellent Works Best?

There are plenty of natural mosquito repellents, such as citronella, lemon eucalyptus, thyme oil, and geranium oil. Which repellent works the best? A...

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How Bedbugs Are Treated

Treatment for bedbugs includes relieving itching from the bites and eradicating the pests from your home. Learn the steps you will need to take. If...

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How to Treat a Scorpion Sting

Bark scorpions live in Arizona, California, and New Mexico. Stings are dangerous and treatment should be quick. Learn how. The only dangerous...

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What to Do (and Not to Do) If You're Stung By a Jellyfish

After a jellyfish sting, you need to watch for severe symptoms that may indicate an allergic reaction. Find out how to treat a jellyfish sting with...

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Jellyfish Sting Pictures

Jellyfish stings have a distinct look, but not every sting in the ocean is a jellyfish. Learn the symptoms, treatments, and common practices to...

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Diagnosing Black Widow Bites

Discover why doctors can't always identify whether or not you've been bitten by a black widow. We occasionally get a question from a reader...

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How to Treat a Stingray Sting

Stingrays are found on the sandy floor of the ocean and are usually docile. Stingrays are capable of a painful and sometimes dangerous sting. If you...

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Different Ways Treat a Rat Bite or Scratch

Rats have a nasty bite that can lead to a skin infection or to other diseases, like rat bite fever. Learn what to watch out for in the case of a...

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How to Treat Cat Bites and Scratches

Bites and scratches are bound to happen when you live with a cat. Learn how to treat scratches and when to seek medical help. As much as humans...

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Spider Bite Pictures

These pictures show some of the lesions often blamed on spider bites and how the bites of a black widow and a brown recluse might look. It's easy to...

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How to Treat Mosquito Bites and Recognize Infections

Learn how to identify serious mosquito bite symptoms and prevent infected mosquito bites. With a few steps, you can prevent mosquito bites...

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Infected Sores That Are Not From Spider Bites

Most of the wounds we believe are spider bites are really something else. Learn about the different bacterial infections that look like spider bites....

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What Are Spider Bites?

Brown recluse and black widow spider bites are medically significant in North America. Reviewed by a board-certified emergency medicine physician....

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Causes and Risk Factors of Rabies

Here’s a look at the causes and risk factors for rabies, a viral disease most often transmitted from the bite of an infected animal like a dog....

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An Overview of Yellow Jacket Stings

Yellow jackets are more aggressive than bees and can sting multiple times. Here are the best ways to treat and prevent stings, allergies, and...

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How to Properly Prevent and Treat Snake Bites

Snake bites can be deadly and thus it is extremely important to react quickly to bites. Learn how to properly prevent and deal with snake bites....

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How to Treat Insect Bites and Spider Stings

Getting bitten or stung by an insect is likely to cause pain, itching, and swelling. Here's what to do and signs that you're having a worse...

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How Rabies Is Diagnosed

When diagnosing rabies, doctors may use a variety of diagnostic techniques ranging from saliva analysis to CT scans. If you've been bitten by an...

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How Rabies Is Treated

Immediate first aid and medical attention after an animal bite can treat a rabies infection and prevent complications and death from occurring. Human...

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How to Tell If You Were Bitten by a Brown Recluse Spider

Venomous brown recluse spiders cause a lot of fear, though bites are rare. Learn how to identify the spider, where they live, and how to treat a...

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What Are Bedbugs?

Bedbugs are tiny flightless insects that live in bed seams and crevices and feed at night on human blood. Reviewed by a board-certified...

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