First Aid Treatment For Mild To Severe Symptoms Of Insect Bites And Stings

2013/08/02 by admin in Health with 0 Comments

The symptoms you may experience from an insect bite or sting will vary and they usually depend on the type of venom injected in your skin, other substances present on your skin and the number of times you have been bitten or stung. In most cases, the symptoms are mild where itchiness, mild swelling and stinging sensations are experienced. Delayed reactions can sometimes occur after a day or so, but these can accompany mild symptoms as well. However, severe reactions can also develop and these can sometimes be fatal. Not being able to treat stings and bites immediately can lead to severe health conditions and even death, so being well informed about the symptoms and treatments is a necessity.

Spider Bites

You can experience symptoms to spider bites within a few hours to a day. While most spider bites result in mild symptoms, bites from the brown recluse spider and the black widow spider result in serious symptoms. The common symptoms of spider bites are swelling, redness, itching and pain, but the severe symptoms from the black widow spider include abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and fever as well as serious problems to the nervous system. The bite from the brown recluse spider develops symptoms within eight hours from blisters, redness and intense pain to deep skin ulcers, fever, and nausea, rash and skin infection in the bite wound. However, it is important that you are able to identify if a brown recluse or black widow spider bit you so health professionals can apply the correct treatment.

First Aid Treatment

The treatment for all spider bites -

  • Wash the wound area with soap and water
  • Apply cool compress
  • Apply antihistamine cream or calamine lotion on the wound
  • The treatment for black widow and brown recluse spider bites -
  • Clean the wound with soap and water
  • Remain calm to prevent the venom from spreading fast
  • Apply cold compress
  • Seek immediate medical attention
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Insect Bites And Stings

Anyone can get bitten or stung by insects such as bees, mosquitoes, ants, wasps and cockroaches. The reactions are usually mild where minor swelling; itching and redness are often experienced. However severe symptoms can also be experienced depending on the type of venom or proteins that had been injected in your skin when bitten. These severe symptoms include nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, facial swelling, difficulty swallowing, hives, breathing difficulties and shock.

First Aid Treatment

The treatment for mild insect bite and sting symptoms -

  • If there is a stinger in the skin, remove it by gently scraping across with a flat edged object
  • Wash the wound area with soap and water
  • Apply cold compress on the bite or sting wound for about ten minutes to help relieve the pain and swelling
  • Apply antihistamine or calamine cream to the wound area to relive pain and itching. You can also apply a paste of baking soda and water

The treatment for severe insect bite and sting symptoms -

  • Apply first aid treatment used for common insect bites and stings
  • Call for medical assistance
  • Use an epinephrine injector if there is any available
  • Keep calm and stay quiet with your legs elevated. If vomiting should occur, turn to your side to prevent choking, but do not drink or eat anything
  • If you fall unconscious or stop breathing, your companions must apply CPR until medical help arrives


Valerie Williams is a freelance writer specializing in health and natural forms of pest control. She also offers advice on how to treat mild to severe symptoms of insect bites and stings and recommends for professional pest control treatments to get rid of pests in home.

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