Insect Bites And Stings

Everyone gets insect bites and or stings. They can be determined by their appearance and a treatment can be rendered right away.

Insect bites and stings mainly appear red and swollen. Yet there are key factors you can pick up on when looking at a bite or sting. General treatments are to wash with soap and water then apply ice. Below are six common bites or stings as well as their appearance and treatments.

Mosquito Bites

They appear as an itchy red mound, with a tiny pinhole in the center. To stop itching, clean with soap and water. Then you can hold ice on it or dab it with calamine lotion.

Bee Stings

There would be a black stinger that causes swelling and soreness. Remove the stinger with a thumbnail or tweezers. After the stinger has been removed rub with ice to reduce swelling.

Wasp Sting

First the area will turn white, then turn red and swollen. Seeing this, clean with soap and water. Put an ice cube on the affected area for ten minutes, remove for ten minutes and repeat as much as you feel required.

Spider Bites

There are a couple different bites, one appears swollen and red looking like a bulls eye. A black widow bite appears swollen with faint red bite marks. A brown recluse bite will sting and be red, with a blister forming at site. Wash with soap and water then apply ice, if you think it was either a black widow or a brown recluse spider call 911 immediately.

Fire Ants

Individual bites might not be visible. But you can look for redness, swelling and itching. Place ice on bites for ten minutes; remove for ten minutes and repeat. Then you can apply calamine lotion.


Theses bites can appear as a cluster of small, itchy red bumps. Place an ice on site, or you can dab with calamine lotion to help stop itching.

Often times people can be allergic to bites as well as stings. Allergic reactions are fairly common. They occur more often in people with a family history of allergies. Most of these reactions are mild and can be treated at home.

Substances that don't bother most of us can cause allergic reactions in some people. While first time exposure may only produce a mild reaction, repeated exposures may lead to more serious reactions. Once a person is sensitized even a very limited exposure to an allergen can trigger a severe reaction.

If the reaction is stronger then normal or there any of the following symptoms contact your doctor:




Difficulty breathing


Chest discomfort

Difficulty swallowing

Swelling of the face, eyes, or tongue



Dizziness or lightheadedness

Fear of feeling of apprehension or anxiety

Nausea and vomiting

Abdominal cramps or abdominal pain

Flushed face

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