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When Should I Go to the Doctor for a Bug Bite?

Bug Bite Treatment Tips

Bugs are no small feat here in California and Arizona — especially if you’re out hiking on the trails or hanging outdoors by a fire. Learn more about some of the most common insects that can cause a reaction and when to seek treatment.

Common Harmful Bug Bites

There are plenty of different bugs that you can encounter while enjoying your time outside, especially if you’re in a national park or heavily forested area. Here are some of the most common bugs you should protect yourself from:

  • Bees
  • Wasps
  • Mosquitos
  • Spiders (especially brown recluse and black widows.)
  • Blister beetles
  • Fleas
  • Chiggers
  • Conenose bugs
  • Tarantulas
  • Centipedes
  • Ticks
  • Fire ants

Most big bites will cause an allergic reaction, and you may experience redness or hives. If you notice a rash, have pain in your muscles near the affected area, or experience flu-like symptoms days after you’ve been bitten, you should see your doctor immediately.

When to Seek Treatment

Most bug bites can be treated at home by using hydrocortisone cream and antihistamines, which will help to reduce swelling and itching. However, if your bite’s swelling does not reduce within several days of the initial incident, it may be time to see a doctor. Consider visiting a health clinic if you experience any of the following:

  • A scab forms on your bite.
  • You were stung or bitten multiple times in a short period of time.
  • New redness around the area starts more than 24 hours after the bite.
  • Redness exceeds a radius of one inch.
  • Severe pain near the bite area.
  • Fever or flu-like symptoms.
  • Your bite appears infected.

California and Arizona Urgent Care for the Entire Family

Convenient care, walk-in work injury care, and onsite services are available at all of our Pinnacle HealthCare locations. We are proud to be trusted leading providers in family practice and general primary care services, offering a wide range of testing and screenings, as well as managing your overall health and well-being to the best extent.

If you’re in need of medical care this summer, visit one of our convenient office locations today, or for more information, contact us at: (831) 387-7177

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