Common Insect Bites and Stings
Most insect bites and stings can be treated at home and will heal without a visit to the doctor. However, there may be symptoms such as pain and itching. In the case that you have been bitten or stung by certain insects, spiders, or caterpillars that contain venom, take the following steps:
- Relocate yourself away from the stinging/biting insect.
- Try to remain calm, as increased movement can cause the spread of venom
- If you have been stung by an insect with a stinger, remove the stinger from the skin as soon as possible
- If you have been in contact with a venomous caterpillar, remove any broken spines from the skin
- If you have been stung by a scorpion, visit a doctor ASAP
Treatment for Insect Bites and Stings
If you are bitten or stung, apply an ice pack for 15-20 minutes once every hour for six hours. Elevating the area of the bite can decrease swelling. To relieve symptoms such as itching, swelling, or redness, a nonprescription antihistamine can help. Local anesthetics such as Solarcaine can also help. Be sure to wash to affected area with clean water twice a day and apply antiseptic to avoid a skin infection. If new symptoms develop, symptoms worsen, a skin infection develops, or flu-like symptoms develop, call your doctor of visit Ultra Med Urgent Care ASAP.
Our skilled staff at Ultra Med Urgent Care can help to remedy your insect bite or sting in no time. If you live in the Skokie or Evanston area and have been bitten or stung by an insect, contact us for effective care.