Living in Australia means becoming all-too-familiar with bites and stings from various insects, but these common-place irritations can be life-threatening for people who are allergic to them.
Whether we have an allergy or not, insect stings and bites can be painful. Sometimes it can be hard to differentiate between a typical bite reaction and an allergic reaction.
When you are stung, the insect punctures your skin and leaves behind saliva, faeces (poo) or venom. Some insects, like bees, will also leave behind the ‘sting’ itself. To remove a bee sting, gently brush over it with your fingernail – avoid using tweezers which can release more venom into the skin.
An insect bite will also leave a small puncture wound in the skin.