Insect Bites (cont.)
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Insect Bites Diagnosis
The diagnosis of a reaction to a bite or sting is usually obvious from the history. The doctor will perform a physical examination to look for effects of the bite or sting on various parts of the body. If you can safely provide an example of what bit or stung you, it can be very helpful to the medical caregiver to determine both diagnosis and treatment. Examination of the skin, respiratory system, cardiovascular system, and oral cavity are particularly important to determine both diagnosis and treatments.
To identify the disease that is transmitted by biting or stinging bugs or insects, blood tests are usually required; once the definitive diagnosis is made (for example, Lyme disease, West Nile virus or malaria), specific treatments then can be started.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/7/2014
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