Bug bites create concern for medical professionals each year because bugs, such as mosquitoes and ticks, can spread devastating diseases to people. Many of them cannot not be treated with a vaccine or medicine, so it's important to prevent the bite.
According to The World Health Organization, mosquito-borne diseases "cause millions of deaths each year." Mosquitoes are also considered one of the deadliest animals in the world.
So how should you protect yourself?
Dr. Dirk Elston, Chair of MUSC's Department of Dermatology, says the most effective way is to use bug repellent and avoid peak biting times.
"This particular season we don't have a real peak or scare about a particular infection, " Dr. Elston says. "But, keep an eye out bcause the next Zika or West Nile is always around the corner so you want to use common sense."
Ticks are also common in South Carolina. They can spread illnesses to people as well.
Dr. Elston recommends checking yourself head to toe for ticks after spending time outdoors.
"Avoid leafy areas with a lot of leaf debris or use permethrin on your clothing if you going to be in that sort of environment because it really does help prevent chiggers and ticks attaching," said Dr. Elston, Chair of MUSC's Department of Dermatology.
Bug bites that need medical attention are ones that last several days and becomes blistered and tender.