Reactions to insect bites are often mild, causing little more than an annoying itch or stinging sensation. Sometimes there may be moderate swelling which disappears within a day or two. On occasion, individuals experience a delayed reaction which may include fever, hives, painful joints and swollen glands. You might experience both the immediate and the delayed reactions from the same insect bite or sting. Only a small percentage of people develop severe reactions (anaphylaxis) to insect venom.
Signs and symptoms of a severe reaction include:
- Facial swelling
- Difficulty breathing
- Abdominal pain
- Deterioration of blood pressure and circulation (shock)
Stings and bites from bees, wasps, hornets, yellow jackets and fire ants are typically the most troublesome. Bites from mosquitoes, ticks, biting flies, ants, scorpions and some spiders also can cause reactions. Scorpion and ant bites can be very severe. Although rare, some insects also carry disease such as West Nile virus or Lyme disease.
If the stinger is visible in your skin, remove it. Taking a pain reliever and applying an ice pack may be helpful. If you are still concerned, schedule an appointment at any of our local clinics.
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