Here’s How To Identify And Treat Summer’s Worst Bug Bites And Stings

6. Spiders

Spider bites can range from irritating to dangerous, depending on the type of spider and the age of the person bitten. For this reason, treatments vary. If you think you’ve been bitten by a black widow or a brown recluse, see your doctor and be prepared to describe what the spider looked like. Children in particular are more vulnerable to the venom of these spiders and require immediate medical attention. If you or your child are experiencing severe symptoms such as extreme pain, difficulty breathing, nausea, vomiting, weakening or stiffening of your muscles, or you develop an infection where you were bitten, get to the emergency room. For milder symptoms, clean the bitten area thoroughly, and add antibiotic ointment and an ice pack to reduce swelling.

5. Bees

Bee stings will typically leave a red welt and slight swelling, which usually subsides after a few hours. If a bee stings you, its stinger will likely be attached to the site of the sting. Use a pair of tweezers to pull it out, then wash the area with soap and water. Use ice to numb the pain and reduce swelling.

4. Wasps


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Like bee stings, a wasp sting may produce a welt and swelling. Unlike bees, wasps don’t lose their stingers or die after a sting. So while you don’t have to find a stinger and pull it out, you do have to get out of the area where you were stung as soon as possible to avoid further stings. For treatment, wash the affected area with soap and water, and apply ice. Take an antihistamine as needed to control itching.

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