Insect Bites and Stings Topic Guide

Insect Bites Insect Bites:

Insect stings and bites are common. Common symptoms include:

  • pain,
  • swelling,
  • redness, and
  • itching.

Treatment of insect stings and bites depends on the type of insect. Some may require home remedies such as anti-inflammatory agents, antibiotics, and in some cases, surgery.

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