Bug Bites – What You Need to Know

Bug bites occur from various insects, including:

  • Mosquitos
  • Ticks
  • Spiders
  • Bees
  • Wasps
  • Fire ants

These bites are particularly common during the summertime in the United States. For this reason, it is important to wear insect repellant during the summer when you are outdoor (e.g., hiking, camping).

The Signs and Symptoms of Bug Bites 

Symptoms of bug bites may include:

  • Itching
  • Pain
  • Numbness
  • Swelling
  • Stinging
  • Redness and rash
  • Blisters

If you develop the following signs and symptoms, you will need to see a doctor as soon as possible to avoid complications:

  • A high fever
  • An unusually severe headache
  • Arthralgia (i.e., joint pain)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness or paralysis

The Causes of Bug Bites 

Mosquitos – these bug bites are the most common type, where the injury site is red, round, and firm. Also, multiple bites are generally present.

Fleas – you can find fleas in homes with pets, such as cats and dogs. Fleas tend to feed on human blood, leading to intense itchiness. The bites look like small red dots located on the feet and lower legs.

Bedbugs – these parasites feed on human blood, causing itchy, red, and swollen skin. Fortunately, this type of bite does not spread disease.

Lice – as you may know, lice are more common in children. They live on the human scalp and feed off your blood. After lice bite you, a local immune reaction is initiated, causing severe itchiness.

Ticks – ticks are most active in grassy and wooded areas during the summer months. These parasites tend to travel on animals, such as cats and dogs.

The Treatment Options for Bug Bites 

  • Examine furniture, bedding, curtains, and luggage with a magnifying glass and eliminate bugs.
  • Consult with local pest control
  • Heat items to over 120 degrees F for at least 30 minutes.

Your Provider may also prescribe one of the following medications:

  • hydroxyzine
  • calamine topical
  • hydrocortisone topical
  • Prednisone

If you believe you have Bug Bites, telemedicine makes it possible for you to get the care you deserve. Schedule a virtual consultation with a Telakai Health online Provider and get on the road to recovery. Schedule your visit today.