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Kissing Bugs Can Cause Serious Health Problems

This is a kiss that you don’t want.

Kissing bugs are becoming more common in the United States — especially here in Florida.

If you think bug spray will help you stay safe from kissing bugs, think again. The Centers for Disease Control said there are no approved sprays to battle the insect.

Kissing bugs suck your blood when you’re sleeping.

The insects are causing Chagas disease, which can lead to heart failure or sudden death. Kissing bugs are approximately the size of a penny. Infections happen when the bug digs into the skin and leaves a parasite.

They bite anywhere on the body, especially around the eyes and mouth. One of the signs of Chagas disease is swelling of the eyelid.

It’s important to mention that not all kissing bugs are infected with the parasite that causes Chagas disease. Kissing bugs have infected more than 300-thousand people in the U.S.

If you think you have Chagas disease — call your doctor.