Bites and Stings
Suffered a spider bite on your camping trip or got stung by a honey bee out in the garden?
Head into Gateway Family and Urgent Care when you need quick treatment for bites and stings.
Bee stings and bug bites are a part of life. And while most reactions are mild, others require professional medical attention. Spiders, mosquitoes, snakes, bees, wasps, ticks and other bugs can inject venom or transfer proteins through their saliva that cause symptoms at the site of the bite.
Symptoms of Bites and Stings:
- Slight numbness
Most times, these symptoms will subside on their own. However, there are times when it’s important to see a doctor. Visit Gateway Family and Urgent Care for:
- Bites or stings near the mouth or sensitive areas
- Redness or swelling that persists for more than 72 hours
- Signs of infection such as pus or oozing
- A red, donut-shaped or target-shaped rash that develops after a tick bite: a symptom of Lyme disease
- Flu-like symptoms, such as fever, body aches, and fatigue: signs of some mosquito-borne diseases
When to Call 911:
Some people develop severe and life-threatening reactions to bites and stings. If you or someone you know experiences the following symptoms, call 911 or head straight to the ER.
- Abdominal cramps
- Nausea and vomiting
- Swelling of your face, lips, or throat
- Breathing problems
- Joint pain
- Muscle spasms
- Severe pain where you were bitten
- Speech difficulties
- Tissue around the bite is dying (becoming necrotic)