Bites can often result in infections and reactions that can last weeks
THESE are the horrifying images shared by victims of horsefly bites as the country gears up for a summer invasion of the pests.
The shocking pictures show the horrific pus filled blisters caused by the insects.
Victims have been taking to social media to share pictures of their bites, the Manchester Evening News reports.
Bites can often result in infections and reactions that can last weeks.
Horseflies have razor sharp jaws and can cause a very painful bite. They can grow up to 1.25in in length.
It can take much longer to recover from a horsefly bite because they cut into the skin rather than pierce it, The Manchester Evening News reports.
In 2013 a 48-year-old dad-of-four died after suffering an “incredibly rare” allergic reaction when he was bitten by a horsefly.
Andy Batty collapsed as a result of anaphylactic shock and was pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene, the BBC reports.
Horseflies live close to water and livestock. The females drink the blood of animals and humans and males drink nectar from flowers or juices from fruit.
A large, hairy fly whose bite can be extremely painful, the horsefly tends to bite on warm, sunny days, especially your head and upper body.
The bites develop into large, red, itchy, swollen bumps within minutes.
Victims may also experience dizziness, weakness and wheezing.
The NHS say horsefly bites can take a while to heal and can become infected.
They add: “See your GP if you have symptoms of an infection, such as pus or increasing pain, redness and swelling.
“The horsefly doesn’t spread disease, but as its bite cuts the skin rather than piercing it, horsefly bites are very painful, take longer to heal than other insect bites, and can easily become infected.”
In June we reported on a waitress left in agony when her thigh “ballooned” after she was bitten by a horsefly at an outdoor gym.
Alex Butterfield was left horrified after her leg swelled up with a seven-inch red welt.
What are horseflies?
Horseflies are about an inch long, making them much larger than an average fly and agile in flight, and the females bite animals, including humans, to obtain blood.
Aside from the momentary pain, horse fly bites generally aren’t harmful to humans. If you are bitten by a horse fly you should cleanse the bite and apply over-the-counter antiseptic spray or ointment to help keep the wound clean and decrease irritation and itchiness.
In most cases, a horse fly bite can heal on its own in a few days. Make sure you watch the area for signs of an infection and if you have any unusual symptoms, you should consult your doctor.
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