Do You Need to See a Doctor for Bug Bites?

With summer, comes the usual bonanza of bugs. Fortunately, most of those inevitable bites and stings aren’t serious.

But, experts from the American Academy of Dermatology advise going to the emergency room right away if you notice any of the following symptoms soon after a bug bite or sting:

  • Difficulty breathing,
  • The feeling that your throat is closing,
  • Swelling of lips, tongue or face,
  • Chest pain
  • A racing heartbeat for more than a few minutes,
  • Dizziness or headache,
  • Vomiting. Credit: Randy Dotinga, HealthDay News
  • Also beware of a red rash that looks like a donut or bullseye target after a tick bite, or a fever with a spreading red or black spotty rash. These can be signs of serious tick-related illness.

Credit: Randy Dotinga, HealthDay News

Posted 8.31.2015