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How to know when a bug bite is infected

When should you worry about an insect bite?

Seek immediate medical attention if a sting causes: Substantial swelling beyond the site of the sting or swelling in the face, eyes, lips, tongue, or throat. Dizziness or trouble breathing or swallowing. You feel ill after being stung 10 times or more at once.

What happens if a bite gets infected?

When an infection develops in your deepest skin layers, you may experience redness, swelling, and inflammation around the bite. Make an appointment to see your doctor if you develop these symptoms. If you also begin to develop a fever, chills, or swollen lymph nodes, you may need to seek emergency treatment.

How do you know if a bite is serious?

See your doctor if you have:

  1. Pain and swelling that extends to your stomach, back or chest.
  2. Stomach cramping.
  3. Sweating or chills.
  4. Nausea.
  5. Body aches.
  6. Dark blue or purple area towards the center of the bite that may turn into a large wound.

How do you treat inflamed bug bites?

Use a cloth dampened with cold water or filled with ice. This helps reduce pain and swelling. If the injury is on an arm or leg, elevate it. Apply 0.5 or 1 percent hydrocortisone cream, calamine lotion or a baking soda paste to the bite or sting several times daily until your symptoms go away.

What kind of insect bite causes a hard lump?

Bites from midges, mosquitoes and gnats often cause small papules (lumps) to form on your skin that are usually very itchy. If you’re particularly sensitive to insect bites, you may develop: bullae – fluid-filled blisters. weals – circular, fluid-filled areas surrounding the bite.

What ointment is good for insect bites?

General insect bites.

Soothe them all with an ice cube, a cold washcloth, calamine lotion, a paste of baking soda, or an over-the-counter hydrocortisone ointment. For mosquito or other minor bites, try calamine lotion.

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