What Bit Me?

Now that we’ve delved into the summer season, you’ve probably been spending some time enjoying the warm weather sitting poolside, in your backyard, or hiking, thus exposing yourself a plethora of insects.

Getting bitten by any type of insect can be an unpleasant experience, especially if you don’t know what tiny critter left you with a throbbing welt on your skin.

No need to panic!  Most bug bites are harmless and can heal quickly with a few home remedies.  But some bites, like those from ticks, bees, hornets, or wasps can cause intense pain, an allergic reaction, and even require immediate medical attention.

Here are a few bug bites to look out for:

Tick Bites

If you’ve spent time outdoors, you’ve more than likely encountered ticks at some point.  Unlike most bugs, ticks are small, blood-sucking bugs that remain attached to body after they’ve bitten you.  The tick bite may appear as a “bull’s eye” rash that can grow up to about 12 inches across the skin.

What to do

Tick bites can be harmless, but some ticks can cause allergic reactions and pass diseases such as Lyme disease onto humans.  Lyme disease can cause flu-like symptoms that include chills, fever, headache, fatigue, and muscle/joint pain.

If you’ve been bitten by a tick, the first thing you should do is to grab a pair of clean tweezers and try to remove the tick by pulling at its head and mouth.  Save the tick in a bag or jar and bring it with you to Synergy Immediate Care. You may also need blood tests and treatment.

Bee Stings

our backyard may look gorgeous and decorative with colorful flowers and plants, but keep in mind that bees are attracted to them as well.  A bee’s sharp, barbed stinger pierces the skin and injects venom (apitoxin), which causes minor pain and swelling at the sting site

What to do

Most bee stings are minor and can be treated at home by removing the stinger, applying ice and hydrocortisone cream to the sting site, and taking ibuprofen to relieve redness, itchiness, and swelling.  Depending upon the severity of the sting, you may consider seeking medical attention, especially if you’re facing an allergic reaction.

If your symptoms include tongue swelling, nausea, and unconsciousness, don’t hesitate to seek medical attention at Synergy Immediate Care.

Mosquito Bites

Mosquitos are almost unavoidable if you want to spend time outdoors on a warm, summer day.  Mosquitos inject a proboscis, which sucks up small amounts of blood and releases anticlogging agents.  The body’s immune system reacts by releasing a histamine, which causes the small itchy bump that appears on your skin.

What to do

The best way to prevent mosquito bites is to utilize insect repellent when outdoors, wear light-colored long-sleeved shirts and pants when near an infested area, and try to stay indoors during the peak hours of dawn, dusk, and the hottest times of the day.

For immediate relief, try an antihistamine cream, aloe vera gel, or witch hazel to relieve the itching and swelling.

For medical advice and treatment for insect bites, please visit Synergy Immediate Care.  For more information about the services we provide, please call to speak with one of our medical professionals at 703-942-5331.

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