Font Size
A
A
A
...
6
...

Insect Bites (cont.)

Insect Bites Treatment

Patient Comments

Self-Care at Home

Treatment depends on the type of reaction. If there is only redness and pain at the site of the bite, application of ice is adequate treatment. Clean the area with soap and water to remove contaminated particles left behind by some insects (such as mosquitoes). These particles may further contaminate the wound if not removed. Refrain from scratching because this may cause the skin to break down and an infection to form.

You may treat itching at the site of the bite with an over-the-counter antihistamine such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl) in cream or pill form. Calamine lotion also helps relieve the itching.

People who have a history of severe reactions to bites or stings may have been prescribed an anaphylaxis kit. The kit contains an epinephrine injector (you give yourself an injection), tourniquet, and an antihistamine. The kit should be used according to the doctor's instructions.

diphenhydramine (Benadryl). Steroids (drugs in the cortisone family) are also usually given. Oral antibiotics may be given for infected bite wounds. For seriously ill people, an IV will be started, oxygen given, and a heart monitor used until the symptoms have improved.

Medical Author:
Medical Editor:
Medical Editor:
Medical Editor:

Must Read Articles Related to Insect Bites

Brown Recluse Spider Bite
Spider Bite: Brown Recluse Spider Bite The brown recluse spider is notable for it's characteristic violin pattern on the back of the body part to which the legs attach. Symptoms of a brown recluse sp...learn more >>
Tetanus
Tetanus Tetanus is an infectious disease caused by contamination of wounds from the bacteria Clostridium tetani, or the spores they produce that live in the soil, and a...learn more >>

Patient Comments & Reviews

The eMedicineHealth doctors ask about Insect Bites:

Insect Bites - Symptoms

What symptoms did you experience with your insect bites?

Insect Bites - Experience

Please describe your experience with insect bites.

Insect Bites - Treatment

What was the treatment for your insect bites?





Read What Your Physician is Reading on Medscape

Bites, Insect »

Insects comprise the most diverse and numerous class of the animal kingdom, Insecta.

Read More on Medscape Reference »


Medical Dictionary