Identifying an insect bite rash can be difficult, but it is important to know which insect is responsible so that the appropriate treatment can be given. Gnat bites are a common problem, especially near areas with water, and these bites can be painful and cause extreme swelling, itching, and irritation on the skin. Unlike fire ant bites which result in a white pustule at the site of the bite, if the culprit is a gnat you may only see a small drop of blood where you were bitten. The symptoms that you see and feel will be similar to mosquito bite reactions, and the same treatment methods are used for both types of insect bites.
Gnat bites may not be noticed immediately, but when you realize that you have been bitten you may be surprised to find that this exact can have a powerful bite. You may notice a small drop of blood, along with itching, swelling, burning, and welting on the skin. Identifying insect bites is not always easy, and it may not be possible to tell whether the insect was a gnat or mosquito. Both mosquito and gnat bites can be treated effectively with ice to keep the swelling down and help minimize the pain and burning in the area.
In rare cases gnat bites can cause serious allergic reactions, just like any other type of insect bite. If you notice severe swelling, difficulty breathing, hives, or other extreme symptoms then you may need to seek emergency medical. Although this is not a common reaction to gnat bites, in a few rare cases death can occur if medical treatment is not given. An important part of gnat bites treatment is to clean the area where the bite is located with an antiseptic to prevent any secondary infections, and you should also take an antihistamine to help prevent any swelling or other allergic symptoms. Ibuprofen can help with any discomfort, and it is important not to scratch the bite and break the skin even more.