Insect Bites and Stings Treatment

When is a bug bite more than a bug bite? Bug and insect bites have a reputation for being more ick-inducing than dangerous, but there are definitely situations that require a more informed approach when it comes to dealing with insect bites. It’s also important to know how to treat insect stings and bites for the quickest relief and healing.

Identifying Bug Bites & Insect Stings


The first step in properly dealing with a bug bite or insect sting lies in identifying it. There are almost as many types of insect bites and stings as there are species of insects. What they all have in common, however, is usually a small allergic reaction caused by the injection of, or exposure to, venom on or underneath the skin. In this case, skin will appear raised and red in the affected area, and may be accompanied by one or more of the following common symptoms of bites:

  • Localized swelling and/or pain
  • Itching
  • Heat, numbness, or tingling of affected area

Some uncommon, but more serious, signs to look for include:

  • Fever
  • Labored breathing
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Muscle spasms
  • Increased or irregular heartbeat
  • Lip or throat swelling
  • Confusion

If any of these more serious symptoms occur, consult with a medical provider at your local Impact Urgent Care clinic to determine the best course of action. If you know, or can reasonably identify, what type of insect bit or stung you, be prepared to give as much detail as you can to your provider so he or she can best determine how to help.

Treating Bug & Insect Bites

Mild reactions to bug bites can often be dealt with at home, unless you’ve experienced one of the serious symptoms listed above. In less severe cases, it’s often helpful to apply a cold compress to the area for relief. Depending on the type of bite, you may also need to remove a stinger and clean the area with soap and water. You can also use topical creams specifically for insect bites, generic anti-itch creams, and oral pain relievers or antihistamines in cases of more acute discomfort.

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  • Abscess incision and drainage
  • Allergic reactions
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Athlete’s foot/fungus infection
  • Bronchitis
  • Burns from heat or chemical exposure
  • Congestion
  • Cough
  • Diaper rash
  • Ear infection
  • Earache
  • Eye infection
  • Fever
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  • Skin allergy
  • Skin infections
  • Sore throat
  • STD testing and treatment
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  • Urinary tract infections
  • Wound infection
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