Insect bites are a common occurrence. Most patients will not see harmful reactions, but some may experience significant irritation or potentially dangerous symptoms. Patients in the Poulsbo, Washington area can seek insect bite treatment with West Sound Dermatology.
Common Types of Insect Bites
Many types of insects may bite or sting. Most types of insect bites or stings are harmless despite side effects like irritation, swelling, itchiness or pain. Some common types of biting and stinging insects include:
- Biting flies
- Fire ants
While most reactions to insect bites and stings are harmless, some patients may have allergies that can be dangerous or even life-threatening. Allergies may cause a reaction known as anaphylaxis, which includes difficulty breathing, dizziness, vomiting, headache or swelling of the lips, tongue or face.
Tick bites will cause a bullseye-shaped mark on the skin, and the tick will typically remain in the skin. If you notice a tick bite, you should remove the tick with tweezers as soon as possible and schedule an appointment for Lyme disease, Powassan virus and Rocky Mountain spotted fever testing.
Treatments for Insect Bites
Most insect bites do not require treatment. Itchiness or rashes can typically be treated using an over the counter hydrocortisone cream or antihistamine. If you experience severe symptoms, you can schedule an appointment with a dermatology care provider. They can also screen for diseases which may be spread by insects. If you notice signs of anaphylaxis, you should seek emergency care.