Battling Bug Bites!

June 13, 2011 Updated Jun 13, 2011 at 7:17 PM EDT

By WKBW News

June 13, 2011 Updated Jun 13, 2011 at 7:17 PM EDT

(WKBW/Cleveland Clinic) If you've been outside at all lately, you know the bugs are biting and lots of people are itching!

Stings and bites from insects are common, but can cause serious health problems and even a life-threatening allergic reaction.

Allergists say you can decrease your chances of being bitten by using insect repellent, keeping your skin covered and wearing shoes.

Also, pay close attention to your surroundings. If there are a lot of bees or bugs in an area, simply avoid it, and keep food that's outside covered.

Allergists say if you are bitten, there are several things you can use to relieve the itch.

They say cold compresses can help decrease the blood flow into area.

Also, use an over-the-counter topical steroid ointment, and if it's really itchy, consider using an oral antihistamine.

Experts say be careful if you're drinking something sweet. It will attract insects and you could get bitten in the mouth, and keep the sweet-smelling colognes, perfumes, and deodorants on the shelf. They too, will attract biting bugs.

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