Summer Urgent Care Issues

When Should Insect Bites Send You To The Doctor?

We are now progressing through the highly anticipated months of warm temperatures, inviting weather, and a variety of reasons to spend time outside. As a result, you might find yourself in a situation where you have an encounter with an insect. While that “meeting” might not initially seem important to you, it could cause the insect to instinctively defend itself. Unfortunately, this might involve biting or stinging you, regardless of your intentions and whether or not you were even aware of its presence.

This applies to insects such as bees, wasps, fleas, flies, bed bugs. It also pertains to spiders – which are actually arachnids as opposed to insects. Ticks, mites and scorpions are also arachnids, even though the consequences of their bites can be equally unwelcome to the bites that are received by insects. Ticks and female mosquitos also have a different motivation for their bites, as they are in need of the protein and iron from our blood.

Types Of Bites And Stings

The results of some bites and stings can be more impactful than others. Several types of insects and arachnids should be discussed further due to the consequences for their bites or stings.

Black Widow Spider – this black spider has a red hourglass marking on its body and its venomous bite can leave either one or two red fang marks. It can also leave anyone who is bitten with severe stomach pain and muscle cramps, along with nausea, vomiting, sweating, and headaches.

Brown Recluse Spider – this type of spider forms a tandem with the black widow as the most venomous. Red fang marks can also appear from the bites of this spider, and a red ring might also emerge hours later. In addition to pain and itching, other symptoms that might occur include
fever, body aches, nausea, and vomiting.

Scorpions – There are a variety of different scorpions that can be found in Texas, and they prefer to hide in dark locations of your home. Their stings can be very painful, although they usually are not serious in nature. However, the consequence can be severe for children and older adults. In addition to intense pain. the more serious reactions to the sting of a scorpion include tingling, numbness, swelling, difficulty with breathing, nausea, vomiting, sweating restlessness and even inconsolable crying.

Bees/Wasps/Hornets/Yellow Jackets – while the vast majority of people will not suffer an allergic reaction to the sting of these flying insects the remaining 5 to 7.5 percent of people who do can experience difficulty breathing, swelling, hives, itching, a rapid pulse, dizziness, fainting and sometimes a loss of consciousness.

Mosquitos – the diseases that are carried by mosquitoes can be problematic if they bite you. These include the West Nile virus, dengue fever virus, malaria, yellow fever, along with a number of others.

Bed Bugs – the bites and stings of some insects and arachnids are not as serious, but can still be troublesome.

Ticks – while most tick bites will not trigger symptoms beyond redness and swelling, sometimes the results are more significant. That occurs because ticks can carry bacteria that can cause Lyme Disease, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. This can result in fever, headache and fatigue.

When To Seek Medical Attention

As mentioned previously, the majority of insect bites or stings will create mild reactions such as itching, redness, swelling and stinging sensations. If this has occurred after you have been bitten or stung, you can wash the affected area with soap and water, or use a cold compress that is filled with ice. Hydrocortisone cream can also be beneficial in decreasing any itching, as can an antihistamine.

But even though the impact of most insect bites will be minimal, the serious symptoms that were mentioned earlier should result in immediate medical attention.

You should seek emergency assistance if an insect bite has resulted in difficulty breathing, dizziness, confusion, or a rapid heartbeat. You should receive attention if the bite has caused hives, nausea, vomiting, cramps.

Any swelling of your lips throat or eyelids should also lead you to emergency care, as should any scorpion stings or bites from a black widow or brown recluse spider. If you are unsure but believe that you may have been bitten by these spiders or a scorpion, it is best to visit a doctor.

If your child has been stung or bitten, and is experiencing hives, swelling, dizziness, or is having difficulty in breathing, then your should call 911 or seek medical assistance  for your son or daughter.    

You should also contact a physician if your child has been stung of bitten near the area of their mouth, particularly if you notice any redness or other indications of infection.  

Also, any signs of restlessness, excitability, accelerated heart rate or high blood pressure from the sting of a scorpion should lead you to the assistance of medical personnel.

At Rapid Med Urgent Care Center We Can Help 

If you have any questions or concerns about an insect bite that you, your child, or anyone close to you is experiencing, or if you have questions about a health issue of any kind, do not hesitate to contact us at Rapid Med Urgent Care Center. At Rapid Med, not only do we offer immediate medical attention for conditions that are not critical or life-threatening, but we also provide both primary and preventive care.

Our Primary Care 

  • After Hours Care Available
  • Continuity of Care
  • Health Maintenance
  • Patient ducation
  • Vaccinations

Our Preventative Care 

  • Alcohol Misuse Screening & Counseling
  • Atherosclerosis Risk Factor Modification
  • Blood Pressure Screening
  • Cancer Screening
  • Cholesterol Screening
  • Depression Screening
  • HIV-STD Screening
  • Immunizations
  • Obesity Screening & Counseling
  • Type 2 Diabetes Screening
  • Weight Management
  • Wellness Exams

In addition to visiting our offices at either location, you can receive the same great care and consideration by using our On Demand service through your phone, tablet, or computer.

Regardless of how you contact us, we can also assist you, or answer any questions regarding any of these other medical problems.

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Phil Clark
Phil’s experience as a writer enabled him to generate advertising and marketing material throughout his career in the television industry before he expanded his level of knowledge by creating various promotional elements for all forms of media in other industries. He has also produced articles that have been published in numerous publications and websites, including usatoday.com, and USA Today’s football magazine, where he wrote weekly columns and player profiles for multiple years. He has also worked with Photoshop, Illustrator, and Vizio, and has a BS in Broadcasting from Indiana State University.
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