Urgent Care for Insect Bites and Stings

insect bitesInsect bites and stings can be just annoying — or they can be quite dangerous, depending on the insect and your own body’s reaction to it.

Insect Stings

Some insects are more likely than others to cause an allergic reaction. Not everybody is allergic to the sting, but unless you’ve been stung before, you probably don’t know how your body will react. Serious allergic reactions can lead to anaphylaxis, a life-threatening reaction that occurs between 5 and 30 minutes after the sting or bite.

The most likely culprits of these stings are:

  • fire ants
  • hornets
  • bees
  • wasps
  • yellow jackets

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If you’ve been stung by any of these insects and you experience shortness of breath, swelling of the tongue, swelling of the eyes or a runny nose, seek medical help immediately. You might need a shot of epinephrine to treat the allergic reaction.

Even if you don’t have a serious allergic reaction, the sting of the insects is still very painful and can cause swelling around the affected area, as well as redness and itching. A sting in a very sensitive area, such as the tongue or the eyes, can cause serious problems and should be considered a medical emergency.

Insect Bites

A number of insects –including mosquitoes, fleas and bed bugs — can bite and cause itchiness or discomfort, but rarely anything more serious. You might also experience red welts or develop a rash-like redness on the skin, which could lead to future skin problems if you scratch it.

These bites rarely lead to complications, so it’s something you can treat at home by applying anti-itching cream over the bite.

Spider Bites

Not all spider bites are dangerous, but unless you know every species of spider out there, you might have a hard time understanding the difference. If you suspect you have been bit by a dangerous spider, see a doctor immediately.

The two most dangerous spider bites are the ones caused by black widows and brown recluse spiders.

Black widow spider bites cause intense pain, fever, nausea and vomiting, stiffness of the the bitten area and chills. Children and the elderly might be at higher risk for complications, but the bite is rarely fatal in healthy adults.

Brown recluse spiders can cause death in children, so if your child has been bit by one, give our urgent care Rockville, MD office a call immediately. The actual pain of a brown recluse spider bite often takes several hours to appear. In the meantime, you might experience nausea, fever and the formation of a fluid-filler blister on the bite area.

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Tick Bites

A tick bite doesn’t necessarily mean you will get sick. In fact, many types of ticks don’t transmit any diseases and are just a painful annoyance. In those cases, you might develop some swelling or redness in the area of the bite, but that goes away after a few days.

However, if you live in an area where ticks carry Lyme disease or Rocky Mountain spotted fever , you might be at risk of contracting these illnesses if you are bit by a tick. Ticks can also carry other diseases, including Southern tick-associated rash illness (STARI), Q fever and Anaplasmosis.

Most of these diseases have similar symptoms at first, including nausea, muscle aches and other flu-like symptoms. If you have been bitten by a tick and are worried about potential problems, talk to a doctor about what to do.

You might need to take a course of doxycycline antibiotics as a preventive treatment if your doctor believes you are at risk of developing a tick-borne disease or if you are starting to show related symptoms.