Velocity Care gives you the facts on the health dangers of bee stings and spider bites
Bee stings and spider bites are a common occurrence that you can usually treat at home with over-the-counter remedies. There are some situations, however, that require medical attention, and Velocity Care is here to inform you when a visit to the doctor is in order to stop the sting.
Insect bites and stings
There are many different types of insects that can cause harm to a human, and bees and spiders are two of the most common. Bees and wasps are found throughout all North America and are primarily present in the warmer months of late spring and summer. A bee or wasp has a stinger located at its tail end. If it senses harm to itself or its hive, it will sting in an effort of self-defense. Some types of bees and wasps leave their stingers in your skin along with an injection of venom, which can cause a painful, allergic reaction.
Spider bites usually occur for the same reason. If the spider feels threatened, its only method of protecting itself is to bite. Most spider bites are mild and usually only result in minor skin irritation at the site of the bite. However, some spiders are poisonous, and their bites can be very serious and even deadly. Spiders like the brown recluse and black widow are extremely dangerous, and a bite from one of these species will require immediate medical attention.
Symptoms of a bite or sting
The symptoms from a bee sting or spider bite are quite similar. The most common symptoms include:
- Burning or stinging pain at the bite or sting site.
- Swelling around the bite or sting site.
- Rash or hives.
When to see a doctor
The most frequently seen symptoms of a bee sting or spider bite will usually subside, and you can ease the discomfort that they cause with over-the-counter medications. But, it is important to watch for signs of a more serious allergic reaction. If any of the following signs are present, proceed to your nearest urgent care clinic.
- Difficulty breathing.
- Swelling of the throat, tongue or lips.
- A weak or rapid pulse.
- Unexplained joint pain or stiffness.
These symptoms may be the sign of a severe allergic reaction called anaphylaxis or may be poisoning from a venomous spider, both of which can be deadly if not treated right away.
If you have been stung by a bee or bitten by a spider and are experiencing any of the severe symptoms listed above, visit your nearest urgent care center immediately.
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