June 16, 2008
Health Tip: Caring for Bug Bites
Taking the sting out of the sting
(HealthDay News) -- In rare cases, an insect bite can cause a severe allergic reaction. But even if harmless, insect bites can be quite uncomfortable.
The U.S. National Library of Medicine offers this advice about soothing bug bites:
- In cases where the insect's stinger is still in the skin, scrape a flat, firm object against the area to extract it. Don't use tweezers, as more venom could be released.
- Clean all bite and sting sites thoroughly with soap and water.
- Apply an ice pack to the area to soothe a sting. Apply for 10 minutes, remove, and repeat.
- Take an antihistamine, and apply a topical cream to soothe itching.
- Watch out for signs of an infection, such as increasing redness, pain or swelling that develops well after the initial sting.