Urgent Care for Bites and Stings
Though most insect bites do little more than cause a nuisance, there are some cases in which potentially dangerous symptoms may develop. Reactions depend largely on the body’s response to an insect’s venom. If you are concerned about a reaction to an insect bite/sting, a trip to ConvenientMD is recommended for evaluation.
What Causes Bites and Stings?
A great deal of different types of insects can bite or sting, such as fire ants, mosquitoes, fleas, spiders and bees. For most people, any noticeable symptoms are a result of how the body interacts with the foreign object or substance. Most allergic reactions are mild to moderate in nature, although people who are severely allergic to bee stings, for example, may be at risk of developing anaphylaxis—a life-threatening condition.
What are the Symptoms of Bites and Stings?
Symptoms of most bites and stings tend to be mild and include the following:
- Minor Swelling
- Burning Sensation
With bites and stings that are severe, the following symptoms may present:
- Breathing Difficulties
- Trouble Swallowing
- Facial/oral swelling
- Dizziness or Fainting
If these or other severe symptoms occur, a visit to ConvenientMD is recommended immediately.
Diagnosing and Treatment of Bites and Stings
Most bites and stings result in little more than discomfort and can be treated with medicated creams, such as hydrocortisone, or oral antihistamines such as Benadryl or loratadine. If a stinger is lodged into the body, a treating provider will ensure that it is removed in full. In the case of a severe allergic reaction, treatment for anaphylactic shock will be provided until the episode has been controlled.
Young children may be more likely than adults to sustain bites/stings in the face or upper extremities, as well as large, localized reactions from mosquito bites—many have been bitten and sensitized but have not yet developed natural immunity to mosquitos. Treatment options are consistent with those for adults.
Have You Been Bitten or Stung? Visit a ConvenientMD Location in NH, ME or MA Today!
Getting bitten or stung can be painful, and for those with severe allergies, it can be a life-threatening event. At ConvenientMD, we treat bites and stings of all kinds and are equipped to deal with allergic responses resulting in more than just minor irritation.
If you’ve been bitten or stung, stop into any ConvenientMD location today without ever needing to make an appointment! We’re open seven days a week, so just stop into one of our clinics in Maine, New Hampshire or Massachusetts without ever needing an appointment.