Insect and Spider Bites & Stings

Tips on what to do if you get bit

  • If you get bit from these insects, remain as calm and quiet as possible. Agitated motion will increase the spread of venom in the bloodstream.

  • If you have been stung by a bee and the stinger is still in the skin, remove the stinger.

  • For stings or bites on the arm or leg, lower the limb at the time of the incident to slow the spread of venom. If swelling is present, elevate the limb and ice the area to help reduce swelling.

  • Some people can suffer from severe allergic reactions due to insect bites. Call 911 (Emergency Room) if symptoms include difficulty in breathing, swelling of lips, tongue, eyelids and mucous membranes, light-headedness, nausea, and hives. These reactions can be serious and require immediate medical care - call 911 (Emergency Room).

  • For more information on the differences between an Urgent Care center and an Emergency Room, click here.
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