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What’s Bug-In-Me?

What’s Biting me?
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What is a parasite? A parasite is a type of bug that can get inside your skin from a bug called the Kissing Bug. A kissing Bug is a bug that will bite close to your lips and will put feces that will turn into parasites. There is another name for the kissing bug; it is called the triatomine bug. A parasite can come through your nose, mouth, or your skin. A person can contract a parasite in California, Ohio, Texas, and Florida. The triatomine bug cannot get passed on to anyone unless a mother gives birth to a newborn baby or a transplant. This disease has increased in the United States. The disease that you could get is called Chagas disease. Chagas disease came along in the Latin American 16th Century.

A Chagas disease can cause heart problems. Chagas condition can also be led to crippling digestive complications. This disease can make your colon bigger. Parasites can travel into your blood. You can get flu symptoms when you get bit by a kissing bug, but you always want to feel it. There are stages to this disease, which means it can move somewhere else besides your blood. There are three stages of Chagas disease. The three steps are Acute, indeterminate, and chronic. The parasites can make your blood stop flowing in your heart. This also can cause you to have surgery. This can be a risk for pregnant women. 

Varying kinds of Parasites

You can find bugs in rocky structures, under cement, and Beneath porches. They can also be found in your house walls and outdoor dog houses. Kissing bugs are attracted to lights after dark or patio lights. The kissing bug can come through cracks in your home. When the Kissing bug bites you, you will not feel the bug bite you. The kissing bug can be found mainly in Arizona’s rocky mountains. The kissing bug is regionally in North America and South America; specifically Southern Argentina. 

How do I treat this bug bite? You can treat this bug bite by washing the taste with soap and water. You can also put an ice pack on the edge to stop the swelling. The person would also have to go to the doctor to see if the bite is infected. You would have to get tested if you have Chagas. You would have to obtain a treatment called Antiparasitic treatment. When you get flu-like symptoms, you should see a doctor. Most people won’t have to get treatment because they won’t feel it. You can put calamine lotion to help the bite not itch or get worse than the bite already is. The disease has to be treated quickly if you have the Chagas disease. If you are pregnant, you have a higher risk of this affecting you. When you are pregnant, you can’t take some of the medication because it may affect your baby. The disease can be cured if you get a chronic illness.

Up close of the parasites.
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Paige Golden
Paige Golden, Staff Writer
I am Paige Golden, and I am 14 years old. I would love to go to Ohio State University for college. I am a 9th grader at Santiago High School. My focus is to get good grades in all my classes. I want to be a pediatric doctor. I want to take AP classes in my 10th-grade year. I want to start medical school next summer. I love to do math and science. You have to take math and science to be a doctor. My grades would help me get into the college I want to be in. I aim to graduate high school with all A's on my report card. I want to be able to go to the college I want to go to. My goal is to be a pediatric doctor. I want to work hard on all my homework. Wanting to be a doctor takes a lot of schooling. In my future hope, I make all my dreams that I want to be. My future will be great. I want to be the pediatric doctor's office's boss someday. I want to take all the classes I need to take care of. I want to own my own home one day. I want to take care of a child who needs it. I like this school to be a good school year. You can reach me at [email protected]
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