Although most bug bites and stings are harmless, some can be dangerous. This is especially true if you are allergic to the bug’s venom or if the bug is carrying a disease.
In the United States, it’s common to experience a bite or sting from the following types of bugs:
Most bug bites and stings can be safely treated at home with topical medication, such as hydrocortisone cream or ointment, or an oral antihistamine to reduce the itch. However, sometimes a bug bite or sting could turn into something serious – particularly if you have been bitten or stung by many insects at the same time.
Go to the emergency room immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms after a bug bite or sting:
Although most bug bites and stings are not severe or fatal, it is important to pay attention to your symptoms. If you feel tired all the time, you have a headache, fever or body aches, or you develop a rash after a bug bite, see a board-certified dermatologist immediately.