Insect bites

Overview

Symptoms of an insect bite result from the injection of venom or other substances into the skin.

Symptoms

Most bites cause mild stinging or itching. Some bites can trigger a life-threatening allergic reaction. Breathing difficulty, facial swelling, dizziness, confusion, and hives are symptoms of such a reaction.

Treatments

Allergic reactions to insect bites require emergency care.

Last Updated Jun 13, 2017


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