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Insect Bites & Stings

When to Seek Treatment for Insect Stings and Bites

Insect stings and bites are common occurrences when spending time outdoors. While they are generally more irritating than life-threatening, they can become problematic if not addressed properly. It is important to know when to seek medical assistance for a bee sting or insect bite to ensure quick and effective recovery.

At ClearChoiceMD Urgent Care, we understand that prompt medical attention is essential for treating insect stings effectively. Our dedicated team of professionals is available seven days a week, ensuring you can access the care you need whenever you need it.

Should I Have Medical Assistance for Bee Stings and Insect Bites?

Most insect sting reactions are mild and do not require medical attention. However, there are certain circumstances when it is advisable to seek medical assistance.


While usually not dangerous, bee stings and insect bites can become infected. Here are a few signs that an insect sting or bite could become serious.

  • Swelling: Inflammation is among the most common symptoms of an infected bee sting or insect bite. The swelling may worsen over time and spread throughout the body.
  • Redness: The skin around the affected site may become red and blotchy.
  • Pain: The area surrounding the bite or sting may feel painful and itchy.
  • Blisters: In severe cases, blisters may form and break, leading to an open wound.
  • Fever: A high temperature may indicate an infection.
  • Feeling unwell: A general sense of unwellness, including fatigue, body aches, and loss of appetite, could indicate an infection.

Severe Allergic Reaction

People with a known allergy to insect stings or bites should immediately seek medical attention if they experience symptoms such as severe swelling, difficulty breathing, or dizziness.

Persistent Pain or Swelling

If the pain or swelling persists for more than a few hours or worsens over time, it is advisable to seek medical attention.

Extremely Large Area of Reaction

If the affected body part, such as an arm or leg, swells significantly, it is important to seek medical attention.

Seizures or Unconsciousness

In rare cases, severe allergic reactions can lead to seizures or loss of consciousness. In such cases, immediate medical attention is essential.

Unknown Insect Sting or Bite

If you are unsure of the insect that stung or bit you, it is advisable to seek medical attention. Certain insect bites and stings, such as those from poisonous spiders or scorpions, may require specific treatment.

If you are experiencing a severe reaction from an insect bite or sting, please call 9-1-1 for immediate emergency medical intervention.

ClearChoiceMD Urgent Care: Your Go-To Destination for Insect Sting Treatment

The board-certified medical professionals at ClearChoiceMD Urgent Care take pride in providing comprehensive and compassionate care for insect stings and bites.

Our approach involves:

  • Cleaning and sanitizing the treatment area.
  • Alleviating swelling and discomfort.
  • Addressing severe allergic reactions if necessary.

In cases where a patient requires additional treatment or experiences complications, we will refer them to a specialist for appropriate care.

Our healthcare providers will carefully assess your symptoms and medical history to evaluate the seriousness of the sting. By conducting a thorough analysis, we can customize our treatment approach to address your unique needs.

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