Health Woman bitten by blister beetle: It was 'gross'

09:31  12 may  2018
09:31  12 may  2018 Source:   cbsnews.com

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Blister Beetle Bite – Blister beetle is a kind of insect that belongs to the Meloidae family. So, when you contact into the chemical secretion, or bite by the blister beetle , you should immediately seek for a treatment.

Beetle bite symptoms - If I drain the pus out of a blister beetle bite and it gets on another part of ny skin will it create another blister ? Possibly. Yes this is a possibility. You should however not be touching these injuries.

Dr. Joanna Woods, of Phoenix, showing reporter on May 10, 2018 blisters she got from bites by blister beetle: dr-joanna-woods.jpg© KPHO-TV dr-joanna-woods.jpg PHOENIX -- Dr. Joanna Woods says thought she'd been bitten by a bedbug or mosquito, but the Phoenix mom soon realized it was something much worse. "It was just so much pain that I couldn't get through the cloud of pain," Woods told CBS Phoenix affiliate KPHO-TV.

"It was excruciating," she said. "I could liken it to childbirth. When they ask you if the pain was between one and 10, there were times it was 10."

Woods appears to have had an encounter with a blister beetle, which has the ability to release a dangerous toxin when it comes in contact with human skin.

The poisonous chemical causes swelling and blistering of the skin and can be fatal if ingested by children.

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The blisters are only the beginning of the many problems that blister beetles cause. In this article you’ll learn about blister beetle control. There are over 2,500 species of blister beetles around the world, and their colors and markings vary quite a bit .

"My first thought is -- gross -- they're really ugly and gross," said Woods. "The idea of the whole concept of a blister beetle is really disgusting."

Woods is convinced her uncomfortable encounter with the blister beetle took place at a movie theater a few nights ago when her arm started to itch.

A few hours later, the arm was red and swollen and getting worse.

Emanuel Jara, of Responsible Pest Control, said blister beetles have been in Arizona for years and usually leave people alone.

"It is their season right now," said Jara. "You can find them in parks, in bushes and your very own backyard. A lot of times people, when they are doing gardening, they'll encounter them, so it's just about being very cautious."

Fortunately for Woods, the medication she's taking has reduced the swelling and her arm is getting better.

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The blister beetle – named for its ability to exude from its joints a liquid that causes painful blisters on your skin – ranks close to the top of the list as the insect world’s most clever and odious imposters, even if it is often colorful and relatively innocent looking.

Blister beetle : Blister beetle , (family Meloidae), any of approximately 2,500 species of beetles (insect order Coleoptera) that secrete an irritating substance, cantharidin, which is collected mainly from Mylabris and the European species Lytta vesicatoria, commonly called Spanish fly.

She only wishes the bug could have bugged someone else.

"I know bugs like me, and I know I have a reaction to bugs, but this is just weird," said Woods. "I don't wish this on anybody."

  Woman bitten by blister beetle: It was 'gross' © frank600/Getty Images

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