What Is A No See Um?
No see um (Nosie) are not insects but rather mites. They are tiny white or grayish round bugs with one long segmentation, which looks like a miniature version of a mosquito’s wing. They have been known to cause skin irritation and itching, though they usually only bite humans if they feel threatened or annoyed. However, they do not transmit disease.
How Do I Know If My Skin Has Been Contact With Noses?
If your skin feels itchy or irritated after having contact with a nosy bug, then you have probably had some sort of interaction with them. You may even have developed a rash from their bites! These little buggers are very small and difficult to see unless you look closely at your face. Even then, they may not be visible at all.
The best way to tell if you have had any sort of contact with a nosy bug is to look into the mirror. If you notice a bump or red spot on your cheek, forehead, chin or anywhere else on your face where there was no previous skin contact, then yes; you most likely have had some sort of interaction with nosies.
How Can I Prevent These Bites?
To prevent these bites, you will have to take extra precautions when going outside. Always wear a hat, long sleeve shirts, pants and closed-toe shoes whenever you go outside during the day or night. If you have sensitive skin, it is best that you bring a first aid kit with you so you can treat any bug bites immediately after they occur.
A good insect repellent can also help prevent these bites. Always apply repellent to any exposed skin you have, but be sure not to rub it into your eyes, nose or mouth.
Also, be sure to always follow the instructions on the repellent bottle and reapply as directed.
What Should I Do If I Have Bitten By A No See Um?
If you have been bitten by a nosy, there are several things you can do to prevent an allergic reaction:
1) Be prepared!
As I previously mentioned, keep a first aid kit in your vehicle or purse in case of an allergic reaction. If you go outdoors a lot, it would probably be best to have one with you most of the time.
2) Be quick!
If you feel a nosy bite, do not hesitate to begin treatment immediately after the bite occurs. This may help prevent an allergic reaction from happening at all.
3) Use Calamine Lotion.
After being bitten, apply calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream to the affected area. This should help reduce any itching and swelling that may occur.
Be sure to do this as soon as possible after the bite occurs, as this treatment is most effective when used immediately.
4) Take a shower.
Another way to stop an allergic reaction from getting worse is by taking a cool shower or bath. This will help calm the skin and should prevent any rashes from getting worse.
5) Take an antihistamine or decongestant.
If you notice your skin beginning to swell up or turn red, you may want to take a decongestant such as Sudafed or an anti- histamine such as Claritin or Zyrtec. These medications can help stop the allergic reaction in its tracts and should decrease your symptoms almost immediately.
I have had several patients tell me that taking Benadryl has also helped stop the allergic reaction in its tracks. Do not exceed the dosage on the box, however.
If you do experience any side effects while taking Benadryl, such as extreme tiredness, difficulty breathing or tightness in your chest, seek medical attention immediately.
6) See a medical professional.
If your allergic reaction is severe, it might be best to get yourself checked out by a doctor or allergist. They will most likely give you a prescription for an Epi-pen, which can be used in the event of a more serious allergic reaction.
Be sure to always carry your epi-pen with you whenever you go outside so you are prepared in case of an emergency.
Some Final Advice
If you’ve reached this point, you’re probably feeling scared and overwhelmed with a bunch of new information. The best way to deal with an allergic reaction is to prevent it from happening in the first place.
Following the tips I have listed above will help you to do that.
You should also be aware that there is no cure for allergies. It is a life-long condition that requires constant maintenance.
That means you will always have to be on the look out for potential allergens, and you will always have to carry a first aid kit with you wherever you go. It also means you will always have to take medications on a daily basis, which can be tiresome and expensive.
However, with the right information and a positive attitude, you can lead a full and active life despite having allergies.