Treatment for Insect Bites

Insect and spider bites are a common nuisance. Ordinarily, a bite causes only minor discomfort – a little redness, and some pain or itching. Often, home treatment or a first aid kit is all that is needed to treat it. However, some people experience great allergic reaction to bites, which may be life threatening.

Certain spiders such as black widow spider, brown recluse spider, and hobo spider, scorpion and puss caterpillar, as well as other insects, can cause a toxic reaction from a bite. The symptoms below are considered serious allergic reaction to bug and spider bites. Although they are not common, it is important to be aware of the possible effect once bitten, since an anaphylactic shock is possible from certain bites.

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Swelling of lips, tongue, ears, eyelids, hands and feet
  • Disorientation and confusion
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Hives
  • Reddening of the area around the bite (only if it grows and expands over 10 inches)

In most cases, a spider, insect or bug bite does not cause such a reaction. However, a person with no prior allergic incidents can still suffer from an allergic reaction. If you or a loved one experience the symptoms of anaphylactic shock it is important to call an emergency line for help. If symptoms are minimal, for example the area of the bite is red, itchy or slightly swollen, doctors recommend an antihistamine and ice to cool the area. To find out more about dangerous spiders, other insect bites and their effects please take a look at the websites we have provided for your further research.


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