Prevent insect bites
Apart from being annoying, stinging and biting insects can also be dangerous in some cases. They can transmit infectious diseases or cause an allergic reaction. Care Plus® products reduce the chances of insect bites, stings and nuisance. This reduces the risk of malaria ((sub)tropical destinations), zika (an encroaching disease, especially harmful to pregnant women), yellow fever (tropical Africa, South America) and dengue fever.
Care Plus® also provides useful tips to prevent tick bites. In addition, we have products that help remove ticks in the right way and a tick test to indicate whether a tick is infected with the Borrelia bacteria that causes Lyme disease.
Preventing mosquito bites
As with many diseases, it is better to prevent than to cure. Fortunately, there are preventative measures you can take to reduce the chances of being bitten by a mosquito. In any case, it is a good idea to check the space for mosquitoes before going to sleep and to install preventative insect screens.
- Wear light-coloured, finely-woven clothing.
- Wear clothing that covers the skin, with long sleeves and long trousers.
- Install insect screens on window and door frames.
- Remove/avoid places with stagnant water.
- Sleep under a good quality mosquito net.
- Apply Anti Insect-DEET or Anti-Insect Natural to your skin.
Tropical diseases spread by mosquitoes
Tropical diseases, such as yellow fever, zika, malaria and dengue are serious threats to the human body and can be fatal.
You can take malaria tablets to protect yourself against malaria. These provide good, but NOT full protection. More than 1 million people die every year from malaria. There is no vaccination or medication for dengue. Therefore, you need to prevent mosquito bites as much as possible. Read more about tropical diseases transmitted by mosquitoes.
The malaria mosquito is only active in the evening and at night, the dengue mosquito mainly during the day. Protect yourself at all times! Care Plus® offers a product range to prevent and treat insect bites and stings.
Have you been bitten by a mosquito?
Care Plus® supplies products that will relieve the itching. Keep an eye on your body after a bite and make sure you recognise symptoms of a potential infection. If in doubt, it is always wise to consult a doctor.
Preventing tick bites
Protecting yourself against ticks is slightly different because ticks don’t fly and you’re not likely to find them in your bedroom. Unfortunately, ticks can transmit diseases, such as Lyme disease and meningitis. It is a good idea to take the right preventative measures and reduce the chances of being bitten by a tick. It is wise to check for ticks, also on children.
- Stay on footpaths as much as possible and avoid shrubs and tall grass.
- Wear light coloured, finely woven clothing.
- Wear clothing with long sleeves and long trousers.
- Wear tick-repellent socks.
- Apply Anti-Insect DEET or Anti Insect Natural to your skin.
Diseases spread by ticks
You don’t usually feel a tick bite and that increases the risk of infection. When you remove a tick within 8 hours, the chance of infection is relatively small. When a tick carries the Borrelia bacterium, you can contract Lyme disease through a bite. You can also contract meningitis. Keep an eye on your body after the bite and make sure you recognize the symptoms of a potential infection. When in doubt, it is always wise to consult a doctor.
Bitten by a tick? Remove it with tick pincers!
When you have been bitten by a mosquito, there are products to relieve the itching. If you are bitten by a tick, make sure you remove the tick correctly.
With special tick pincers, a tick spoon or tick lasso, you can safely remove the tick. Without such a tool it is impossible to remove a tick: you cannot remove the entire tick with your nails. Other tools, such as tweezers are not accurate enough to remove the parasite from the skin the right way. Certainly, do not use fire or soap. Remove a tick with the right tool as soon as possible after the tick bite. There will be a minimal chance of infection if you remove the tick within eight hours of the bite.
Test the tick with the special tick test. This way you know whether the tick is infected with the Borrelia bacteria and if you could contract Lyme disease.