WARNING: If You See THIS Bug Around You – Get To A Doctor IMMEDIATELY!
The world is filled with terrifying critters that can put humans in harm’s way, and while all these creatures have weird Latin scientific names, many also have nicknames that make these offending pests and parasites sound even creepier — like the kissing bug.
What makes this, even more, disturbing is that these bugs are becoming infamous for a potential kiss of death… and they could be nesting near you.
Kissing bugs received their name because they usually bite people near their mouth during the night while they sleep. The two main reasons for this is that kissing bugs are attracted to the odors that we exhale, and our face is usually the only exposed area of skin during sleep. Kissing bugs usually do not burrow under covers like some other bugs or spiders do.
Kissing bugs are blood-suckers, like mosquitoes, ticks, and tse-tse flies. They usually feed just after sunset. They are attracted to the light in our houses, the odors that we exhale, skin odors, and to the warmth of our bodies. Kissing bugs who enter a house will feed on household pets as well as humans.
Many people have moderate to severe allergic reactions to the kissing bug bite. Reactions from the bite range from skin irritation and redness to anaphalitic shock requiring immediately medical attention.
Another possible health problem isChagas Disease. This is caused by a potentially deadly parasite (Trypanosoma cruzi) that lives in the digestive system of the kissing bug and is excreted during defecation or urination of the kissing bug after feeding. If this parasite enters your blood stream through the bite site or an open wound, you might become infected. This is a major health issue in Central and South America where over 18 million people have become infected resulting in 14,000 deaths every year.
Chagas parasite buries itself in heart muscle and the gut and can hide for two decades or more before causing symptoms like fever, rash, sores where the parasite entered the body, vomiting, diarrhea, and swollen eyes. This phase isn’t dangerous to healthy adults, but it is harmful in children or immune-compromised people. In healthy people, the symptoms of the acute phase disappear on their own, and the parasite goes dormant in the body for years.
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