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This is when your immune system (the body's defence system) reacts badly to the insect bite. You are more likely to have an allergic reaction if you are stung by an insect.
See the Health A-Z topics about Anaphylaxis and Insect stings for more information.
Symptoms of a severe allergic reaction may include: Call 999 or 112 for an ambulance if you or someone you know has these symptoms after being bitten or stung by an insect.
The symptoms that can occur from different types of insect bites are listed below.
See the Health A-Z topic about Malaria for more information about this condition. If you are particularly sensitive to flea bites, they can lead to a condition called papular urticaria (where a number of itchy red lumps form). Fleas from cats and dogs can often bite below the knee, commonly around the ankles.
If you have a severe allergic reaction to a bite, such as wheezing or difficulty breathing, call 999 or 112.Bedbug bites often occur on your: Ticks can carry a bacterial infection called Borrelia burgdorferi, which causes Lyme disease (a bacterial infection that causes a rash and high temperature).If Lyme disease is not treated, its effects can be serious (see Insect bites - complications ).Some insect bites can cause severe reactions, but it is unusual to catch diseases after being bitten by an insect in Ireland.The risk of catching diseases, such as malaria (a serious and sometimes fatal condition that causes a high temperature) is much greater in countries such as: An insect bite often causes a small lump to develop, which is usually very itchy.