Insect Bites are itchy, unpleasant and are a normal part of a Texas summer. At QuestCare Urgent Care, we can treat any insect bite before it ruins your outdoor fun. Most insect bites create an itchy red bump at the site of the bite or sting as a result of the insect injecting its saliva or other substances directly into the skin.
Occasionally an individual is allergic to the insect sting or bite and can have a life threatening reaction. If a person has an allergic reaction to an insect bite, they may experience swelling, difficulty breathing, dizziness, hives or confusion shortly after the insect bite. If such a reaction occurs, the patient must call 911 and seek immediate emergency medical care.
Common Insect Bites
Mosquito Bites are one of the most common types of insect bites. The site becomes round, puffy and swollen immediately after the insect bite, and you may have multiple bites in one area of your body. Mosquitos can carry disease and breed around standing water. It is important to use insect repellent if you are outdoors or near standing water to prevent the spread of disease.
Chiggers are a tiny insect that live on grass and are active during the summer months. Chiggers cling on to your body for several days then fall off, leaving a group of itchy red bumps. Using hydrocortisone cream may help to relieve the itch.
Tick Bites may cause a small rash or red bump. The tick may stay attached to your skin for a period of time, and it is important to have the tick removed as soon as possible. Ticks carry Lyme disease, which can create serious problems for patients. Removing the tick and paying attention to your body for several weeks after the bite is important. Report any unusual symptoms to your doctor.
Bed Bugs are a common insect that can live in mattresses and bedding. These microscopic insects bite and leave a group or line of marks on an individual that appear as blisters or hives.
Fire ants sting and leave red whelps after an attack. The stinging pain can last several minutes. The stings hurt and the site is swollen and red for approximately one week. Ants are more active in the summer months so take precautions while outdoors.
Bee stings can cause a scary allergic reaction in some people. The sting of a bee releases venom into the individual causing pain, swelling and redness at the site of the sting. After bee stings make sure the stinger is out of your skin and apply aloe or hydrocortisone to help sooth your skin.