Spider, bug bite itch is the result of histaminic reaction of bite trauma to the skin. Most spider, bug bites and stings will cause inflammation or swelling, skin itch, pain or redness to the bite or sting site. More severe reactions can result in hospitalization or emergency treatment by a physician. Severe reactions can result in anaphylaxis or anaphylactic shock requiring immediate medical attention and can be considered life-threatning.
Severe spider, bug bite reactions can occur immediately within minutes and can have a wide range of symptoms affecting the whole body. Instant medical attention is necessary. Severe reactions can cause shorness-of-breath, nausea, vomiting, restricted airway, spike in temperature. If in doubt seek medical attention.
Spider bites, especially the brown recluse or black widow can cause serious, life-threatening or fatal reactions. Most spider bug bites harmless and heal if properly treated. If bitten or stung by a spider, bug or any insect and severe itching, irritation, inflammation or other physical symptoms, error on the side of caution and seek medical attention.
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Spider, Bug Bite & Sting Itch: Signs and Symptoms
Individual reaction to spider, bug bites vary according to sensitivity. People not previously bitten or stung by specific types of insects may be at risk of developing a more severe reaction.
Common reactions to spider, bug bites and stings is itchy skin, inflammation or swelling, redness, or localized pain. Some people may also feel localized numbness, burning, or tingling at or around the bite or sting site.
Spider, Bug Bite & Sting Itch: Medical Attention
More serious spider, bug bite reaction occurs from multiple bites or stings, poisons venom, secondary bacterial infection or individual allergic reaction to specific insect bites or stings. Excessive generalized swelling to body locations not bitten or stung, impaired breathing, nausea, vomiting, faintness require medical attention.
Most spider, bug bite itch symptoms can be safely controlled with over-the-counter medication, and topical treatments. Pharmacists can direct consumers to appropriate products to control itching and other common bite or sting symptoms.
Spider Bug Bite & Sting Treatment
These are the following first-aid treatment for common spider, bug & insect bites, stings:
1. If stung by a stinging insect, remove the stinger without squeezing. This is best accomplished by scraping the stinger with a credit card or other straight-edge object to avoid releasing venom. Use of tweezers should be avoided. Tweezers will pinch the stinger causing the venom sac to release venom into the skin.
2. If bitten by a spider, buy or insect rinse the bite site thoroughly warm water and soap.
3. Put on cold compress on the bite site or the sting for 10 minutes. Repeat this process until the swelling or bite itch goes down.
4. Apply over-the-counter antihistamines, calamine lotion or Itch Rx to control itching.
5. Monitor physical signs and symptoms of further infection that is characterized by increased pain, swelling or redness.