People often confuse bug bites with stings. A bite from the insect’s mouth often happens when an insect is defending itself or feeding. A sting happens when an insect defends itself or its home by injecting venom into the skin through a stinger.Most bug bites and stings cause red, swollen skin irritation with pain, itching, or burning. Bug bites may take a while to appear while stings typically cause more immediate pain. Some people are allergic to insect venom and may suffer severe or possibly life-threatening reactions when stung.
Most bug bites cause minor discomfort and irritation. People with severe allergic reactions should contact a physician. The following symptoms are most common:
Anyone experiencing one or more of these symptoms should seek treatment from a physician to prevent the infection from spreading.
Bug bites can cause more than discomfort. They can also spread diseases which come with their own risks. Take these steps to reduce your exposure to bug bites:
Get immediate medical attention if a bug bite causes a severe reaction. Severe reactions often require prescription medication or treatment by a physician. If the bite is not serious, ease the discomfort with these basic remedies:
If you wish to see one of our Physicians about an bug bite, you can come into any Patient First center from 8 a.m. to 8 pm, any day of the week – no appointment is needed.
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