When Bug Bites Become Serious

Many hours are spent outside during the summer. From camping, hiking and days on the lake, to sports camps, the zoo and picnics, nothing can ruin these events or even simple night on the porch like bug bites or stings. Fortunately, most bug bites are harmless, maybe a little itchy or sore, but usually don’t require medical attention. However, if you notice any of these signs, you may want to head to the emergency room:

Difficulty breathing: This could be a sign that you are having a severe allergic reaction. Some people have this severe of reactions from mosquitoes, but the more common pest is bees. In more serious scenarios difficulty breathing could be an indicator that an individual is going into anaphylactic shock and needs to be evaluated immediately.

Nausea/Cramps: Most commonly, this is a sign of West Nile virus. Some don’t show symptoms at all, but on the other end of the spectrum, nausea and cramps can happen as well as fever, headache, swollen lymph nodes, tiredness, and skin rashes.

Swelling: If areas such as your eyes, eyelids, lips or throat begin to swell after a bite seek medical attention. This is another tell-tale sign that an allergic reaction is happening.

Dizziness/Feeling faint: Another sign that anaphylactic shock could be taking place. This can be accompanied by confusion and/or rapid heartbeat as well.

Target-shaped rash: One of the more well known signs to look out for is the target-shaped rash surrounding the bite sight. This is a good indicator of Lyme disease and required antibiotics as soon as possible to avoid spreading and negatively affecting other parts of the body.

If you have any of these symptoms after a bug bite or sting seek medical attention. As always, prevention is the best way to avoid these scenarios. Call today to learn more about how we can reduce pest populations around the exterior of your home! 877-DEAD-BUG

 

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