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Insect Bite or Sting

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What do I need to know about an insect bite or sting?

Most insect bites and stings are not dangerous and go away without treatment. Common examples of insects that bite or sting are bees, ticks, mosquitoes, spiders, and ants. Insect bites or stings can lead to diseases such as malaria, West Nile virus, Lyme disease, or Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

What are the signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction to an insect bite or sting?

How is an allergic reaction to an insect bite or sting treated?

Treatment depends on how severe your symptoms are and if you had anaphylaxis before. You may need any of the following:

What steps do I need to take for signs or symptoms of anaphylaxis?

What should I do if an insect bites or stings me?

What can I do to care for my bite or sting wound?

What safety precautions do I need to take if I am at risk for anaphylaxis?

What can I do to prevent an insect bite or sting?

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) for signs or symptoms of anaphylaxis,

such as trouble breathing, swelling in your mouth or throat, or wheezing. You may also have itching, a rash, hives, or feel like you are going to faint.

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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