Bug Bite Symptoms - Causes & Treatment

Summer is here. Break out the citronella and the bug spray before they get you. They bite, sting and pinch. These are insects and summer is their annual human feast.

If you step outside during the summer months in Florida, chances are it won’t be long before you’re slapping, flicking and swatting. From fire ant bites down by your ankles to the wasp sting on your shoulder, insect activity is high and every person’s body handles bites and stings differently.

Some insect bites can have minimal effects, like those from flies, fleas, ants, mosquitoes or ticks. Bug bite symptoms can include:

  • Itching
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Pain at the affected area
  • Redness or rash
  • Swelling of the area

On the other hand, stingray bites, spider bites, hornets, wasps or other venomous insect stings could have more severe effects:

  • Confusion
  • Fever
  • Increased heart rate
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Muscle spasms
  • Swelling of the lips or throat
  • Trouble breathing

If you experience anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction, after any type of inset bite, seek emergency medical care immediately by dialing 9-1-1.

The majority of insect bites can be treated in the home with an ice pack, an anti-itch cream or an antihistamine. However, it’s always a good idea to be evaluated by a medical professional who can prescribe treatments to relieve the pain itching and make sure you are not having a serious reaction to the bite.