Insect Bites, Stings

Insect stings and bites are common and mostly cause only minor irritation but some may cause excessive pain and may even trigger an allergic reaction. The most common insects that sting are wasps, hornets and bees. The insects usually sting for defense.

Reaction to the sting

The sting releases venom which causes the skin to develop a res wheal and it is often itchy, painful and swollen. Though it is mostly harmless, the area will remain itchy and painful for any thing from a few hours to a few days. The severity of the bites and sting depends on the sensitivity of the person and the kind of insect involved. If the person is allergic to the particular insect sting, he might go into an anaphylactic shock.


The symptoms might vary with the insect but the symptoms generally are:

• Pain
• Itching
• Redness
• Burning
• Swelling
• Tingling
• Numbness

If a person goes into life threatening anaphylactic shock, he must be immediately treated. The symptoms are:

• Swelling of the mouth or the face
• Chest pain
• Difficulty in breathing
• Difficulty in swallowing


• Wash the area with water and a mild soap
• A cold compress will help reduce the swelling
• Do not scratch the area as it may cause infection
• painkillers like Ibuprofen or Paracetamol will help if you are in painkillers
• If you have a serious reaction, your doctor may prescribe medication or refer you to an allergy clinic for desensitization.


• Use protective clothing and insect repellants
• Be careful when eating outdoors as the food or beverage may attract insects
• Keep an emergency kit or an EpiPen at all times if you or a family member has known severe allergies.

What you can expect when you visit our clinics

1. Stop by our front desk to visit a certified Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant. No appointment is required.
2. Your medical practitioner will examine your medical background, go over your medical issues, perform an examination and supply you with an individualized plan for treatment. This might consist of non-prescription items or a medical prescription.
3. Towards the end of your visit to our clinic, your medical attendant will give you an overview, an invoice and some instructional material may be given.
4. The overview of your clinic visit can be forwarded to your primary health care provider with your authorization.