Signs Your Insect Bite Requires Medical Attention

Summer means insect bites. If you live in Florida like I do, all you have to do is step outside for five minutes and youíll come back full of bug bites.

Most of the time bug bites arenít serious. Most bug bites and stings this time of year are quite harmless and can be treated easily. However, this is not always the case, and there are some instances where your insect bite may need medical attention.

Below youíll find some signs that perhaps your bug bite may need more than tea tree oil.


Sometimes insect bites can get infected. This is especially true if you or your child suffer from an autoimmune disease.

If youíre concerned about being susceptible to infection, make sure to wash the area with soap and water. Once the bite is washed, wipe the area with rubbing alcohol and antiseptic. Youíll also want to avoid scratching as much as you canóespecially in children.

If the area around your insect bite grows in size, becomes painful or drains pus, then there’s a good chance itís infected. More serious infections that may require the help of antibiotics include low grade fever, severe swelling and worsening redness.


Sometimes people are allergic to insect bites and donít even know it. This can range from swelling in the area to anaphylactic shock. Since many people donít know if they have an allergy to a particular insect bite, itís important to know the symptoms and if they require a visit to the emergency room.

If youíre sensitive to insect bites you may see some swelling and blistering around the area. Itís important to note that swelling in this case does not exceed 10 centimeters, as that may be a sign of something more serious.

More serious allergic reactions include difficulty breathing, swelling of the lips, eyelids or throat, nausea, diarrhea, cramps, hives and rapid heartbeat. If you experience any of these things after being bitten by an insect, seek emergency attention.

In the time it takes to get to the ER, Mayo Clinic recommends loosening tight clothing, turning the person on their side to prevent choking and injecting an epinephrine auto injector if the person is carrying one.


Insects can be carriers of diseases such as West Nile Virus as well as other diseases we may not be prepared to deal with. Earlier this year 11 people in Florida were infected via mosquito bites with Chikungunya which causes debilitating joint pain and swelling. Below youíll find some of the disease cases in the U.S. and their symptoms.

Malaria Ė Malaria often doesnít show signs until weeks after the bite. This can include recurring high fever, vomiting, chills and diarrhea.

West Nile Virus Ė The problem with West Nile Virus is that 70 to 80 percent of people donít show symptoms. About 1 in 5 people will develop fatigue, fever, body aches, join pain and rash. For the rare 1 percent of people infected with West Nile Virus, they may experience severe neurological issues like meningitis.

Dengue Fever Ė This rarely occurs in the U.S. but when it does itís usually because of a mosquito. Symptoms include high fever, headache, pain behind the eyes and nosebleeds. Symptoms usually appear within 4 to 6 days after being bitten.

If you feel symptoms for any of these diseases, make sure to seek immediate medical attention. Most people recover just fine with the proper medical care.

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Charles Wallis
Charles Wallis3 years ago


Charles Wallis
Charles Wallis3 years ago


Nikki Davey
Nikki Davey3 years ago

Oh the joys of being attractive to noting bugs .....

Nikki Davey
Nikki Davey3 years ago

Oh the joys of being attractive to biting bugs .....

Jim Ven
Jim Ven3 years ago

thanks for the article.

Jordan G.
Jordan G3 years ago

The baseball bat marks from trying to kill the damn thing is probably the first clue.

Scratching off one's skin to the bone is the second.

sandra vito
Sandra Vito3 years ago


Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgen3 years ago

Thank you

Carol P.
Carol P3 years ago

Weird post. I wish it had been written to be specific to just mosquitoes because trying to write up concerns about insect bites in general in just a few paragraphs overlooks too much. How one could write about insect bites without even mentioning ticks is unimaginable to me.

Rubbing alcohol should not be used to clean wounds of any sort because it is poisonous to us and will do more harm than good.

If you want a natural product that can help protect you against infection try coconut oil. It has antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties (and smells good too).