Insect bites and stings are pretty common here in Florida. Most of the time, pain or itch associated with them will go away with home remedies like applying ice and witch hazel or calamine lotion, but there are times when medical attention is needed.
When to Get Emergency Help for Insect Stings and Bites
Many people are allergic to insect bites and stings and will need medical treatment to ease symptoms, some of which can be alarming and even life-threatening. Unfortunately, they probably won’t know about this allergy until they have one.
Get emergency care and call 911 if any of the following happens after an insect bite or sting:
- Breathing problems
- Lips, eyelids, or throat becomes swollen or closes
- Dizziness, faintness, or confusion
- Rapid heartbeat
- Cramps, nausea, or vomiting
Find out if the person has an epi-pen or if there is one in a first aid kit. Cover the person with a blanket or jacket and loosen his/her clothing. If there’s vomiting, turn his/her head to the side to keep the airway clear. Begin CPR if the person stops breathing. Children who have been stung by a scorpion need immediate treatment at an urgent care center.
When to Seek Insect Bites and Stings Treatment
Sometimes a sting or bite won’t seem that bad, but it also won’t heal. It’s a good idea to seek medical treatment when itching or pain lingers after a couple of days — there’s a chance that an infection has set in.
Stings and bites treatment is necessary when the area becomes red or warm, the skin turns leathery or starts draining pus. This is another sign of allergy. A doctor will treat the infection and prescribe an epi-pen pack for the patient to carry.
We’ve seen and treated lots of insect bites and stings. Contact us for an allergy assessment, treatment, and epi-pen prescription.