Bee Stings & Insect Bite Treatment
While insect bites and bee stings may hurt a little bit, they rarely require medical attention. Generally speaking, they only cause mild reactions and will heal on their own. However, some people may have allergic reactions to a bee sting or insect bite that can range from mild to severe. In such an event, you should seek medical attention. If you’re having a severe reaction, then you should go to the emergency room or call 9-1-1.
For more minor reactions, consider going to an urgent care facility for fast, affordable treatment.
Symptoms of Bee Stings and Insect Bites
Most of the time, symptoms will be mild or moderate. Such symptoms include pain, itching, swelling, and redness. These symptoms will typically go away after a few days. However, if these symptoms are causing discomfort, visit the MEDIQ urgent care center nearest you to receive treatment that will help lessen your symptoms and relieve your discomfort.
However, if you or someone you know begins to experience symptoms of a severe allergic reaction to a bee sting or an insect bite, then you should call 9-1-1 or head to the ER as quickly as possible. The following are some of the symptoms of a severe reaction:
- You break out into hives
- Your tongue, lips, throat or eyelids begin to swell
- You begin experiencing difficulties breathing
- You have a rapid pulse
- You begin experiencing nausea, cramps, diarrhea or vomiting
- You become dizzy or confused
- You faint or lose consciousness
Treating Bee Stings and Insect Bites
If you have mild to moderate symptoms, a doctor will often recommend certain over-the-counter creams or medications that you can use to relieve your symptoms. They may also recommend using a cool compress to decrease any swelling around the bite or sting. They may also recommend an oral antihistamine to help reduce the itchiness and swelling of your bites or stings.
Bee stings and insect bites can cause a variety of reactions. Generally speaking, most symptoms are mild to moderate and will go away after a few days. However, if you experience discomfort due to swelling, itching or pain, head to MEDIQ Urgent Care for medical treatment. You can drop in without an appointment, which means that you can come in at your own convenience. However, if reactions are severe, you should seek emergency treatment right away.