Insect Bite Prevention


Humans and insects come into conflict on a frequent basis with inevitable results. Insects have important roles in the environment, but thousands of years of evolution and sometimes human intervention in the environment serve to make things very uncomfortable and even highly dangerous for humans.

We welcome the opportunity to provide key facts on venom, allergy, anticoagulant, infection and disease transmission elements of the insect bite problem in this public health article.

Killing off insect populations, which form some of the most important elements of global ecosystems as pollinators and wildlife food sources is seldom a good answer. However, we can equip ourselves with our knowledge as a species to better defend ourselves in our ongoing battle against biting insects and blood borne disease.

Insects, spiders and centipedes are among the most frequent bite culprits. When an insect bites, proteins, anti-coagulates and venomous compounds may be introduced, with effect types, causes and severity depending on the species involved and sensitivity of the victim.

Fire ants, bees and wasps introduce potent venoms that may cause extremely serious results including death by toxicity or allergic reaction. Secondary bacterial infections are a frequent concern when dealing with bites from the more strongly venomous, tissue damaging species. Spiders, although separate from insects may deliver similar or even more serious toxic impacts.

You can read more about arachnid bites and the lesser known but noteworthy dangers they pose to public health in Canada. In the case of toxic necrotic bites from any invertebrate, Black Cohosh may be used for its ability to promote detoxification and its potentially strong antibacterial activity. Contact Island Healthworks for details on this product.

There are multiple approaches to approaching insect bites naturally.

1: First, strengthen the body to build resistance.

2: Second, learn prevention tips to make yourself a less appealing target.

3: Third, learn how to use natural products that may help to mitigate symptoms and after effects of an insect bite.

Tick related bites and symptoms associated with Lime Disease outbreaks are a growing concern as discussed in our article, Spider and Other Dangerous Bites: A Public Health DiscussionStrengthening the immune system at a baseline level through alkaline diets rich in nutrients builds immunity and reduces toxicity, while proper circulation and immune system support.

There are many benefits to using natural approaches to insect repellent options and bite prevention.

You can use Silver Shield to help in cases of lesions or where the bite is susceptible to secondary infection. Traditionally used in hospitals, this element based product has been recommended for potential natural antibiotic properties. Olive leaf extract,has been shown in pharmaceutical research to potentially inhibit viral replication.

Yvonne of Island Healthworks uses Lemon oil to repel mosquitos in the summer. Mosquito bites cause substantial tissue irritation and pose the threat of viral transmission including malaria and hepatitis. In addition, mosquitos may cause serious allergic reactions as well as normal irritation levels.

For concerns around Malaria, Dr. Michael Lam has published information that examines studies on the potential use of Artemisinin, sometimes known as Wormwood, as a possible approach to fighting Malaria. Preliminary results have attracted further medical interest. Gotu Kola may also play a role in helping to prevent complications from insect borne infections agents such as Malaria and this product is widely used in India and China for health complaints.

Lemon Grass may also repel biting insects as well as providing a pleasant herbal aroma, while Chlorophyll offers a range of nutritional support benefits to damaged tissue.

A healthy diet and ample water intake may increase your resistane should encounters with insects lead to a reaction. Histablock may reduce histamine affects associated with insect bites, especialy in sensitive individuals. Anti-bacterial bitter orange is included in this product, which may also reduce inflammation and mast cell reactions. Island Healthworks always recommends the use of Quality Controlled Herbs and Supplements. 

To learn more, contact Yvonne Dollard Perc at Island Healthworks. Yvonne offers phone consultations where she will develop an individualized health care program and lifestyle plan tailored to your specific needs through a personal health and lifestyle analysis.

Call 250-468-7685 to speak with Yvonne and set up a phone consultation!

Yvonne offers in-person consultations with assessment of your specific needs, health and lifestyle coaching, and the best of integrative natural health care. To book your in person consultation, please call 250-468-7685!

This article is intended for educational purposes and the information contained within is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure any disease or health problem. Please seek appropriate medical attention for any health complaints. We cannot take responsibility for your health care decisions. Our intent is only to offer health information to help you with your search for better health. 

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Monday, 17 February 2020