Mosquitoes might not always carry malaria or dengue fever, but they (and other insects) can cause irritation and infected bites. To avoid this, take the same precautions as you would for avoiding malaria (see p222). Use DEET-based insect repellents. Excellent clothing treatments are also available; mosquitoes that land on treated clothing will die.
Bee and wasp stings cause real problems only to those who have a severe allergy to the stings (anaphylaxis.) If you are one of these people, carry an 'epipen' - an adrenaline (epinephrine) injection, which you can give yourself. This could save your life.
Sandflies are found around the Mediter- = ranean beaches. They usually only cause a ™ nasty itchy bite but can carry a rare skin ^ disorder called cutaneous leishmaniasis z (see p221). Prevention of bites with DEET-based repellents is sensible.
Scorpions are frequently found in arid or dry climates. They can cause a painful bite that is sometimes life-threatening. If bitten by a scorpion take a painkiller. Medical treatment should be sought if collapse occurs.
Bed bugs are often found in hostels and cheap hotels. They lead to very itchy, lumpy bites. Spraying the mattress with crawling insect killer after changing bedding will get rid of them.
Scabies is also frequendy found in cheap accommodation. These tiny mites live in the skin, particularly between the fingers. They cause an intensely itchy rash. The itch is easily treated with malathion and permethrin lotion from a pharmacy; other members of the household also need treating to avoid spreading scabies, even if they do not show any symptoms.
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