Although we don’t want them to, bug bites happen—especially in the spring and summer. Whether they’re from a mosquito, ant, spider or some other creepy-crawler, bites are a common spring and summer ailment.

While in most cases they aren’t anything to be too concerned about, bug bites can be cause for concern in other scenarios. Learn more from our AFC Urgent Care Hickory team below!

What Should I Do If I Get a Bug Bite?

Bug bites and stings usually cause only minimal symptoms. Observing the redness, pain and/or swelling at the bite or sting site may help you assess whether your reaction is minor. A minor reaction might include pain, swelling and redness around the bite or sting site.

We’ve included some home remedies below if you think your bug bite or sting is minimal.

How to Treat Insect Injuries

  • Remove any stingers.
  • Gently wash the area with soap and water.
  • Apply a damp rag soaked in cold water or ice to the area of the bite or sting for 10 to 20 minutes. This helps reduce pain and swelling.
  • Take an OTC pain reliever as needed.
  • If the injury is on an arm or leg, elevate it.

How Can I Know If My Bug Bite Is Cause for Serious Concern?

Like we said before, most bug bites are relatively harmless and will really only cause itching for a few days. However, bites or stings from bugs that are poisonous or are from bugs in which you are allergic will need medical treatment. Additionally, bug bites that have become infected will typically need additional treatment.

A bug bite infection is the most common reason a bite needs medical care. If your bite or sting shows the signs or symptoms we’ve listed below, visit our AFC center. You will likely be prescribed oral antibiotics and/or a topical antibiotic to get rid of the infection.

Signs a Bug Bite Is Infected

  • A wide area of redness around the bite
  • Swelling around the bite
  • Pus
  • Increasing pain
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Feeling of warmth around the bite
  • Long red line extending out from the bite
  • Sores or abscesses on or around the bite
  • Swollen glands (lymph nodes)

Concerned that you may have an infection? Don’t hesitate to stop by our AFC center today—no appointment necessary!