Relieving Bug Bites and Insect Stings
Insect bites and stings usually leave you with a small, red, itchy welt. Bee stings or spider bites tend to be more painful, but the worst of these symptoms typically resolve within a few hours or a few days.
Despite this, there are a couple of things that you can do to relieve these irritants if you find the symptoms intolerable.
For a bee sting, the treatment is a little different. Remember to remove the stinger quickly by scraping over the area with a flat, sturdy object such as a credit card. A bee’s venom sack remains in the skin with the stinger; therefore, quick removal can lessen the severity of the sting.
For all bug bites and insect stings, cleaning the area with soap and water can help lessen the chances of bacteria entering the wound and causing infection.
Remedies for Infected Insect Bites
If you do not adequately treat a bug bite, it can become infected, leading to complications. Infected bites will often lead to a fever, red streaks around the bite, sores and an increase in the size of the wound.
Once you recognize an infection, you should continue cleaning the area with soap and water and treating the bite with traditional remedies.
Still, antibiotics might be needed to treat it completely. If those antibiotics are not effective, your doctor can prescribe more potent antibiotics or oral antibiotics.
Allergic reactions to bug stings
Allergic reactions to bug bites and insect stings are common, but the severity level can vary widely. While minor reactions include redness, swelling, hives and flushing, there are certain instances where an insect sting can worsen.
One severe reaction to a sting is swelling, spreading to an entire arm or leg, causing debilitating pain. A complete body reaction called anaphylaxis is also possible. This leads to full-body itchiness and severe swelling of any part of the body, including tightening around the lung’s airway, causing breathing troubles.
An immediate injection of epinephrine can help someone if they’re experiencing symptoms of anaphylaxis, preventing the development of a severe medical emergency. When someone suffers from this type of reaction, seeking emergency medical help is always ideal.
If you feel your condition is a true emergency, call 911.
If you’re experiencing extreme pain or anaphylaxis, seek medical attention immediately and visit ShorePoint Health ER & Urgent Care.
Our approach makes care more affordable by avoiding the higher cost of the emergency room when patients require only urgent care services. We practice a straightforward premise: deliver quality care while billing for the appropriate level of care. Our teams are empowered to make decisions as if they were caring for a family member. Your care, time, and loyalty are our top priorities.
As one of the only health systems in the Cape Coral area offering emergency and urgent care services under one roof, ShorePoint Health ER & Urgent Care makes it a priority to provide transparent, affordable pricing and quality care. We only bill based on the level of care you receive, and there are no appointments needed for in-person visits. The emergency room is open 24 hours a day, every day, and the urgent care walk-in clinic is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
ShorePoint Health ER & Urgent Care Cape Coral, a department of ShorePoint Health Port Charlotte, is located at 2521 Del Prado Blvd. N., Cape Coral, FL3 33909 and may be reached at 239-356-0740.