OUCH! You've been stung! Check out our first-aid tips to help stop the sting!
An insect bite or sting is a raised area that can appear if an insect that bit you injects venom into your body through the bite. This is common with mosquito, spider, chigger, tick, and flea bites. Some insect bites do not cause a welt, but may still present other symptoms such as redness, or rash.
Common symptoms of insect bites include:
It is important to recognize the signs of an allergic reaction to the insect (as common with bees, hornets, yellow jackets, etc). Seek medical attention immediately, if a person is showing the following:
Symptoms of Anaphylaxis include:
Insects are hard to avoid, so if you know you are spending time outside, follow these tips to help protect yourself from insect bites:
Most insect bites are not cause to seek medical attention, as long as symptoms are mild and manageable. Follow simple care tips for your bite, including:
Seek medical attention if signs of infections (redness, swelling, or pus) develop, or if you have tried the above first-aid measures and reaction is not improving within 20-30 minutes.
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