Bites, Burns and Stings
Insect bites and stings happen, especially if you spend any time outdoors. The symptoms of insect bites can vary depending on the severity of the body’s reaction to the insect’s venom and the type of bug that bites you. So how do you know when a bug bite is more than just a nuisance and requires medical attention? In most cases, a bug bite will go away on its own after a couple of days. However, there are times when they can actually pose a danger to your health. This is why it is important to educate yourself about the bugs and insects common in your area and which ones may cause you harm. It is also a good idea to learn how to treat insect bites and stings on your own for the quickest relief.
Here at Urgentology Care, we treat all adults and children over 12 months of age for a wide range of insect bites, burns, and stings. Insects are a common part of everyday lifein Texas. If you have sustained a bug bite or sting and you are worried it may be poisonous, please come into our urgent care clinic. We operate on the “better safe than sorry” point of view and will put your mind at ease as soon as we can. We are open until 7:00 p.m. every weeknight and 2:00 p.m. on the weekends, allowing us to treat patients for a wide range of bites, stings, and burns that happen after hours.
When Should I Go To Urgent Care?
Insects are usually harmless, but some people have insect allergies, which could lead to mild or severe allergic reactions. Unfortunately, individuals react differently to insect bites when they are allergic, so it is important you know your body and what to watch for. Mild allergic reactions to insect bites or stings may result in hives, itching, and pain around the site. It can also cause blisters around the bite or sting and make your eyes itch. More severe reactions will show up in a matter of minutes after you’ve sustained a bite or sting and may carry the following symptoms:
- Swelling of the lips, tongue, and throat
- Difficulty breathing
- Nausea, cramping, diarrhea, or vomiting
- Loss of consciousness
- Muscle spasms
- Increased or irregular heartbeat
What Insects Cause Allergic Reactions?
Some of the most common insect bites, burns, and stings we treat here at Urgentology Care include:
- Biting flies
- Yellow jackets
- Honey bees
- Paper wasps
- Fire ants
If you are suffering from a mild insect bite or sting, please come into Urgentology Care right away. In the meantime, treat the area with a cold pack or cloth filled with ice to reduce any associated pain and swelling. A 1% or .5% hydrocortisone cream, calamine lotion, or baking soda paste may also reduce the symptoms while you are waiting to be seen by one of our doctors.
Important: If you have a life-threatening emergency, please call 911 or go to your nearest Emergency Room. Information in this site is not intended to be used as a diagnosis for your symptoms. If you experience any of these symptoms, please seek medical attention or visit Urgentology Care.