How to Treat Different Bug Bites & Stings
It’s one thing for a bug or insect to violate your home, but quite another when it violates your person. Whether you saw the little critter do the deed, or if you simply discovered the evidence later – bug bites and stings are disturbing for several reasons.
While some bug bites and stings are harmless and will go away on their own, others can be deadly.
Just the thought of a creepy crawly on your skin is enough to give you the willies, but when you also consider all the bacteria, diseases, infections, or even allergic reactions that a bite or sting could cause – let’s just say it’s always better to treat them to be on the safe side.
These are the best way to treat bites and stings from common household pests.
The first step is to identify the creature that did it, and where it most likely happened. For example, if you wake up with a red and itchy bump that wasn’t there the night before, it is likely that something nipped you while you were in bed.
Look around the area, toss around some pillows and see if the little beast is still hiding nearby. If so, dispose of it however your household deems necessary, but also make sure to look around for any of its friends or possible nests.
If you cannot identify the bite or sting from research or finding the culprit, the next general step is to inspect the site. Is there redness? Swelling? Pain? Itchiness?
Narrow down your symptoms in order to figure out appropriate treatment. For stings, it is important to make sure there isn’t a stinger left in the skin.
Next, swab the area with alcohol or Neosporin – something to kill of any surface bacteria from the creature. If it is itchy, do your best to avoid the urge to scratch and apply anti-itch cream. If it is swollen, an antihistamine like Benadryl will help to bring it down.
For basic pain relief, opt for a hydrocortisone lotion or lidocaine treatment, and pop a Tylenol or Ibuprofen if it persists.
After you’ve treated the site, the next step is to simply wait and watch for other symptoms over the next few hours and days.
Allergic reactions will begin first with things like extreme swelling or swelling at other places that the bite site, hives, shortness of breath, chest pains, irregular heartbeat, dizziness, and weakness.
These are signs of oncoming anaphylaxis and should be taken very seriously. Call 911 or go straight to the nearest emergency room once you notice them.
Diseases and infections take longer to make themselves known, but keep an eye out for things like fever, sweating, yellowing of the skin (jaundice), puss oozing from the site, or continued/worsening pain.
These symptoms also require immediate medical attention once recognized.
If you find that you are being bitten or stung regularly or suspect you may have an infestation, it is a good idea to have the area treated professionally to prevent future bites/stings. You may get lucky with the first few, but it only takes one carrier to introduce your body to the whole host of problems.