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