Weird Nature Weird Diseases You Can Get from Bug Bites  

Laura Allan
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We all know how annoying mosquito bites can be. They're itchy, they're red, they're absolutely the worst! Well... maybe not the worst. There are a ton of weird diseases you get from bug bites that can be a lot worse than a little itching. Some of them can even be downright deadly. Of course, not all diseases from bug bites are so scary. Some of them are just really strange, or things you wouldn't expect to get from being nipped by a little bug. Ever heard of a mosquito giving you a black eye? Well get ready.

What diseases can bug bites give you in the area where you live? How seriously should you worry about this? Is it time to invest in a metric ton of mosquito repellent? Well, fear not, because list has all kinds of different diseases and conditions caused by insect bites, and the good news is that you're perfectly safe... from most of them.
Lyme disease is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Weird Diseases You Can Get from Bug Bites
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You may have heard of this illness before, and it's just as horrible as you might expect. Fever, headache, and fatigue all accompany just one bite from an infected tick. The mark it leaves is also particularly weird; it looks exactly like a bullseye. see more on Lyme disease
Rocky Mountain spotted fever is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Weird Diseases You Can Get from Bug Bites
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Another disease you can get from a tick, this one was first identified in Colorado's Rocky Mountains. After a few days, this disease manifests with weird, spotty rashes on the wrists and legs. The good news is that Rocky Mountain spotted fever is fairly rare, and is treated with simple antibiotics. see more on Rocky Mountain spotted fever
Necrotizing fasciitis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Weird Diseases You Can Get from Bug Bites
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This one isn't so much weird as it is horrifying. This disease is a rapidly spreading infection that literally eats your flesh, all in a very short period of time. You get necrotizing fasciitis when a certain bacteria gets into a wound, and that can happen through insect bites. Again, this is very rare but pretty deadly. About one in four people who get it die! see more on Necrotizing fasciitis
Black eye is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Weird Diseases You Can Get from Bug Bites
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Those must be some pretty big bugs if they're giving you a black eye, right? Nope! As it turns out, certain spider bites can cause puffy and droopy eyelids, and mosquito bites near the eyes can cause bruising that makes it look like you just got punched. see more on Black eye