Insect Bites

Also known as: stings.

What are insect bites/stings?

Insect bites and stings are bites/stings into the skin that cause an allergic/or toxic reaction locally or systemically. While most reactions are localized and mild, they can on occasion result in severe/life-threatening problems.  

What causes insect bites/stings? 

Insects such as mosquitoes, bees, wasps, hornets, ants, flies, scorpions, fire ants and several other insects can bite or sting the skin.

What are the symptoms of insect bites/stings? 

Mild symptoms include redness, itching, stinging, and local swelling. Most will disappear in 1-2 days. Severe reactions result in difficulty breathing, swelling of the lips, eyelids or throat, dizziness, faintness or confusion, fast heartbeat, drop in blood pressure, shock, hives, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps.

What are insect bites/stings care options? 

Some insect bites and stings require no treatment; other mild reactions can be managed with removing the stinger (if needed), cool compresses, local application of creams, gels or lotions to control pain/itchiness and over-the counter medications like acetaminophen, or an antihistamine.

Other reactions may require immediate first aid and emergency medical care. People who have severe allergic reactions to insect stings should carry epinephrine (an Epi-Pen) with them to help avoid life-threatening complications.

Reviewed by: Jack Wolfsdorf, MD, FAAP

This page was last updated on: 7/31/2018 9:46:23 AM

Urgent Care Centers

Doral Urgent Care Center
3601 NW 107th Avenue
Doral, FL 33178
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Palm Beach Gardens Urgent Care Center
11310 Legacy Avenue
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
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Miramar Urgent Care Center
12246 Miramar Parkway
Miramar, FL 33025
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Miami Lakes Urgent Care Center
15025 NW 77 Avenue
Miami Lakes, FL 33014
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Nirvair Chowdhury Midtown Urgent Care Center
3915 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL 33137
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West Kendall Urgent Care Center
13400 SW 120th Street
Miami, FL 33186
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Palmetto Bay Urgent Care Center
17615 SW 97 Avenue
Palmetto Bay, FL 33157
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West Bird Urgent Care Center
11449 SW 40 Street
Miami, FL 33165
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Main Campus Urgent Care Center
3100 SW 62 Avenue
Miami, FL 33155
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Golisano | Nicklaus Children's Health Center
3361 Pine Ridge Road
Naples, FL 34109
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Hialeah Urgent Care Center
990 W 49th Street
Hialeah, FL 33012
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Pinecrest Urgent Care Center
11521 South Dixie Highway
Pinecrest, FL 33156
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Homestead Urgent Care Center
2072 NE 8th Street
Homestead, FL 33033
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