What are Common Insect Bite Symptoms?

By Lisa  |  Tuesday, May 31, 2016  |  ,  |  1 comment

Insect Bite IdentificationYou are out adventuring, because that is what we Tecnu® folks do, and ouch! Did you just feel a pinch or sting?

There are many insects that can bite or sting causing an irritating, itchy and sometimes painful situation. Some of these insect bites can be minor irritations while others may require immediate medical attention. Insect bites have a reputation of spreading illnesses such as the Zika virus, West Nile Virus, Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

Not sure what kind of insect bit or stung you? Here are the symptoms of some typical insect bites and stings:

  1. Mosquitoes: Mosquito bite symptoms usually appear as an itchy round skin bump that may be red or pink in color. Mosquitoes are known for carrying diseases such as Zika, West Nile Virus and malaria. If you develop flu-like symptoms, fever, neck stiffness, severe headache, convulsions or disorientation you will want to see immediate medical attention.
  2. Bed Bugs: Bed bug bites are usually not painful when they feed on you. If you have been bitten by a bed bug, you may notice symptoms that look like rows of red marks on your skin. Reactions to bed bugs usually happen within 24 hours to three days after you have been bitten resulting in intensely itchy, inflamed red bumps.
  3. Spiders: Most spider bites cause minor symptoms such as swelling, redness and pain at the site of the bite. Other spider bites can result in severe symptoms such as tightness of the chest, breathing problems, and swelling. It is important to seek out emergency medical care if a spider bite causes these severe symptoms. MRSA staph infections can also sometimes be mistaken as a spider bite so it is important to see a doctor immediately for swollen, red or hot areas that look like a spider bite.
  4. Black widow spiders: A black widow spider bite may look like two puncture marks. You may not notice the spider bite right away as it can take 30-40 minutes before the symptoms begin to show. Pain, including stomach and back pain, nausea, vomiting, and breathing difficulties can show up within 8 hours. Call 911 or seek immediate medical attention if you think you may have been bitten by a black widow spider.
  5. Brown recluse spiders: You may or may not feel a brown recluse spider when it bites you. The bite may look like a bruise or blister surrounded by a blue-purple area turning dark and crusty later. These spiders are very poisonous and can cause fever, itching, nausea, chills and sweating. More severe reactions can result in kidney failure, seizure or a coma, so it is very important to seek emergency medical attention right away.
  6. Ticks: Most commonly known for spreading Lyme disease, ticks can carry several types of disease. The symptoms of tick bites may cause the skin to be red and swollen, and occasionally have an outer red ring around them. You may also find the tick still embedded in the skin. It is important to extract the tick carefully or have a medical professional extract it for you. Bring the tick with you to the doctor to have it tested for disease.
  7. Fleas: We all love our pets, but occasionally they share their fleas with us. Flea bites are usually found around the ankles, armpits, waist and the bends of the knees and elbows. Flea bite symptoms may show up as a rash of itchy, small, red bumps that may bleed, get larger over time, and turn white when you press on them. Hives and swelling may also occur.
  8. Bees: Chances are you will notice when a bee stings you. The sharp pain from the sting may dull to an aching feeling after a few minutes. Bee stings may feel hot to the touch and cause a swollen bump. Severe symptoms may include trouble breathing, hives, dizziness, nausea, cramps, diarrhea or cardiac arrest. People allergic to bee stings may go into anaphylaxis and need emergency medical attention right away.
  9. Ants: Ants can bite and sting causing itchy, painful red skin bumps. If you are unlucky enough to be bitten by a fire ant, your symptoms may include white, fluid-filled blisters or pustules that may cause scarring. Carpenter ants may cause a painful, burning feeling because they spray formic acid into the bite.
  10. Chiggers: Chiggers are a type of mite that inject their saliva so they are able to eat skin. The skin around the bite hardens turning into an itchy welt, and the surrounding area becomes inflamed and irritated.

Remember if you are unsure what type of insect may have stung or bitten you, it is always best to have it looked at by a medical professional. Scratching may lead to infection so it is important to find relief for your itchy, insect bite symptoms. Tecnu offers a few solutions for the itching and pain of insect bites and stings such as Calagel Medicated Anti-itch Gel, and Tecnu Rash Relief Spray.

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1 comment for “What are Common Insect Bite Symptoms?”

  1. Posted 8/9/2016 at 10:42:41 AM
    Gravatar of Mary Helen LeCain

    Thank you for the information!

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