How to treat insect and spider bites

Relieve pain from insect bites and stings

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If you have been bitten or stung, move to a place away from contact with insects to avoid further bites or stings.

Here are some basic things you can do to relieve pain, itching, burning, or swelling from an insect bite or sting:

  1. If it stings, remove the sting if it is still on your skin.
  2. Put an ice pack or cold pack on the bite. Toggle between on and off to avoid tissue damage and don't put ice directly on your skin. Usually 20 minutes for work and 20 minutes for a break.
  3. If the person who has bitten or has bitten a person experiences involuntary muscle movements, call emergency services immediately . Black widow spider bites can cause muscle cramps.
  4. For pain relief, try topical treatments such as bite pads, hydrocortisone lotion, or medications with lidocaine. Acetaminophen and ibuprofen relieve pain. If you have swelling, you can use an antihistamine such as Benadryl.

Watch for signs of illness in the first few days after an insect bite. Fever, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes), sweating, or pus at the sting site require medical attention.

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