Biting insects & mosquitoes can spread diseases such as Malaria, Yellow fever, Dengue fever, Japanese Encephalitis and West Nile Virus. There are a range of malaria tablets available to help treat and prevent Malaria. There are also other simple, essential precautions that you can take to avoid being bitten, which reduces the risk of you picking up a deadly disease.
Insect bites are generally small, red itchy bumps, it is important not to scratch them as they could become infected, try to keep the area clean. To reduce the swelling, anti-histamine creams or tablets can be used, this also help to reduce itching. If your bite does look infected then it is important to visit a doctor as you may require antibiotics.
It is important to be aware of the symptoms of diseases such as Malaria, which include a high temperature, sweats and chills, muscle pain, vomiting, headaches and diarrhoea. Symptoms can take up to 15 days before they begin to show, so you may already be at home when symptoms begin. It is important to visit your doctor if you feel you have symptoms, even if it is several months after you have returned from your trip.
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