Symptoms of Insect Bites

Certain insect bites are more prominent in the Springtime. It’s important to recognize common symptoms and know when you should seek medical attention. AFC Urgent Care Vernon can help to treat all insect bites that are not life-threatening. Any patient who suffers from anaphylaxis from certain insect stings or bites should visit an emergency room right away. 

Insect Bites Common in Spring

Ticks

Ticks are the most common in the Spring and Summer months. They live in the grass, bushes, and other wooded areas. They can be as small as a poppyseed, so it’s important to check yourself thoroughly when going back inside. Some ticks do not cause any harm unless the patient bit is allergic. In that case, the patient may experience pain, swelling, or burning at the site of the bite, a rash, or blisters.

Other ticks may carry diseases, such as Lyme disease. In that case, a patient may experience a full-body rash, neck stiffness, overall weakness, a fever, joint pain, or swollen lymph nodes. It’s important to get checked by a medical professional after any tick bite to ensure no diseases are present. 

Ants

Overall, fire ants are relatively harmless to humans. Their bites may cause mild irritation at most. The most common symptom of a fire ant bite is a cluster of pus-filled blisters. Since ants attack in groups, there may be a small cluster of bites. The blisters will appear within 20 minutes of being bitten. Pinching or burning sensation may happen immediately after the bite, and itching can last for a few days. Overall pain typically lasts a few seconds to a few minutes. 

Wasps

For those who are not allergic to wasp, bee, or hornet sting, the pain is usually minimal, and you typically feel a burning sensation. A sharp pain normally occurs while being stung, as well. A welt around the sting may happen, as well as a tiny white mark where the sting occurred. Pain and swelling normally subside within a few hours.

Some patients may experience larger allergic reactions that do not result in life-threatening situations. “Large local reactions” can result in severe swelling and redness for two to three days after the sting and sometimes nausea or vomiting. Avoiding being stung is the only way to prevent these symptoms. OTC medications recommended by your doctor, such as Benadryl, can also help with symptoms. 

Anaphylaxis is the most severe reaction to an insect sting. It’s important to seek medical attention immediately after being stung, as symptoms begin quickly. Speak with your doctor if you are severely allergic to bee stings, as they can provide you with the best course of action to prevent an emergency.