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8 Bug Bites That Need Medical Attention—Now

Reader's Digest Logo By Lisa Milbrand of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 8: Mosquito bites on their own aren't a huge deal, but mosquitoes can pass on two potentially serious illnesses: West Nile Virus and Zika. 'In the United States, we see more West Nile Virus than Zika,' says Nicholas E. Kman, MD, emergency medicine physician at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. 'About 80 percent of people who are infected with West Nile Virus do not feel sick. For people who do, symptoms can include fever, headache, tiredness, nausea, vomiting, swollen lymph glands, and a rash on the chest, stomach, or back. Symptoms usually last from a few days to a few weeks. Some people can get serious infections like encephalitis (an infection of the brain). With Zika, the CDC guidelines state that women should wait eight weeks and men should wait six months after travel or symptomatic infection before attempting to conceive.' Learn how to treat the most common bug bites.

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Mosquito bites on their own aren't a huge deal, but mosquitoes can pass on two potentially serious illnesses: West Nile Virus and Zika. 'In the United States, we see more West Nile Virus than Zika,' says Nicholas E. Kman, MD, emergency medicine physician at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. 'About 80 percent of people who are infected with West Nile Virus do not feel sick. For people who do, symptoms can include fever, headache, tiredness, nausea, vomiting, swollen lymph glands, and a rash on the chest, stomach, or back. Symptoms usually last from a few days to a few weeks. Some people can get serious infections like encephalitis (an infection of the brain). With Zika, the CDC guidelines state that women should wait eight weeks and men should wait six months after travel or symptomatic infection before attempting to conceive.' Learn how to treat the most common bug bites.

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