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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is insect bite?

Irritation and inflammation of the skin, caused by mosquito bites, bee stings, and other insects.

Symptoms of insect bite

  • Insect sting or injury from animals

  • Affected area of skin has stinging or tingling

  • Bitten by insect in the last 1 week

  • Skin Itching

  • Redness in the affected area

  • Skin abnormality

  • Swelling of the affected area

  • Appears energetic and in good health despite having a fever

Questions your doctor may ask to check for insect bite

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose insect bite

  • Have you been bitten, scratched, stung by bugs (ex. bees) or animals (ex. dogs, cats, wild animals)

  • Do you have any pain or tingling in the affected areas of the skin?

  • Were you get bitten or stung by an insect?

  • Do you have itchy skin?

  • Is the affected area red?

Treatment for insect bite

This condition is usually mild and gets better on its own. However, medications may help to relieve pain and itching. Rarely, some patients may develop a severe allergy - this will require emergency medical care.

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