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Insect Bites and Stings


Insect Bites and Stings Treatments in Sarasota "Not everyone loses all of the hair on the scalp or body. This happens to about 5 percent of people. "

As the warmer months approach, more and more insects are hatching and people are more subject to insect bites and stings. Bees, hornets, yellow jackets, wasps, mosquitoes, and fire ants are the most common culprits for inflicting these types of injuries. While many people experience burning, itching, and redness at the location of the bite or sting that typically subsides without treatment in a few hours, millions of Americans are allergic to stinging insects and require more comprehensive treatment.

An allergic reaction to an insect sting can occur immediately, within minutes, or even hours after the sting (although never more than 24 hrs.).

Such a reaction may be characterized by hives, itchiness, and swelling in areas other than the sting site, difficulty in breathing, dizziness (or a sharp drop in blood pressure), nausea, cramps or diarrhea, unconsciousness, and cardiac arrest. Individuals with severe reactions should report to the nearest emergency room immediately.

 

Many over-the-counter preparations are available for less severe reactions and relief of the itching and burning. However, if you have a large number of bites or a great amount of pain or discomfort, please call our office and schedule an appointment to see Dr. Abrams or our Nurse Practitioner. We can provide prescription strength preparations and antihistamines to help provide relief and examine the affected locations to ensure they have not become infected.

To prevent insect bites and their complications

  • Don't bother insects
  • Use insect repellant
  • Wear protective clothing
  • Be careful when you eat outside because food attracts insects
  • If you know you have severe allergic reactions to insect bites, carry an emergency epinephrine kit

Treating Stings 
If the insect left its stinger in your skin, remove the stinger within 30 seconds to avoid receiving more venom. A quick scrape of your fingernail removes the stinger and sac. Avoid squeezing the sac – this forces more venom through the stinger and into your skin. For all stinging insects, try to remain calm and brush these insects from the skin. Then immediately leave the area.

If you'd like to learn more about insect bites and stings, browse some of the links below for information provided by some of the top dermatological resources available online.

American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology: Stinging Insect Allergies

U.S. National Library of Medicine: Insect Bites & Stings

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