Insect Bites and Stings


Most insect bites and stings are minor events and can be easily treated at home. However, certain insect bites or stings can cause serious allergic reactions or transmit disease and you should seek immediate medical attention if you experience the following symptoms from an insect bite.

Allergic Reaction

One of the most serious complications some people can experience form an insect bite is anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction. This occurs most commonly after being stung by and insect, most commonly bee stings. This is a medical emergency that requires calling 911 or transporting to an emergency clinic immediately. Signs of a severe allergic reaction to a bite, which may occur anywhere from seconds to minutes after the bite, can include: difficulty breathing, chest tightness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, anxiety, sneezing, wheezing, hives, and itching or swelling of the eyes, lips, or other areas of the face.

Here are a few of the major insect bites to look out for:

Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is transmitted through the bite of an infected deer tick and symptoms include: headaches, fever, fatigue, and skin rash. A tick bite that is positive for Lyme disease will be characterized by a welt that develops a red ring around it. Lyme disease is rarely if ever fatal, but if left untreated, the infection can spread to the joints, heart, and the central nervous system. Patients who are treated with antibiotics early, usually recover from Lyme Disease rapidly and completely.

West Nile Virus

West Nile virus is transmitted by infected mosquitoes, and can produce flu-like symptoms including; fever, headache, body aches, and skin rash. Most infected individuals will have mild disease and it will typically resolve on its own, although this infection can be serious or even fatal. There is no specific treatment for West Nile virus, so medical evaluation is necessary.

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Initial symptoms of this disease may include high fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, muscle pain, and lack of appetite. Rocky Mountain spotted fever is characterized by a red, spotted rash which is usually not seen until about a week after symptoms begin. Treatmeant of Rocky Mountain spotted fever is antibiotics.

Medfast Urgent Care Centers offer fast, professional medical treatment for insect bites and stings. Our average wait time to see patients is less than an hour, compared to Hospital Emergency Rooms, which can sometimes take longer than three to four hours and are much more expensive. We are professionally staffed with highly-skilled, licensed doctors and nurses, and fully equipped to handle testing and treatment for insect bites and stings.