Insect Bite Treatment in Southern California

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Insect and spider bites can redness, pain, minor swelling, and itching. These are mild, common reactions and may last from a few hours to a few days. Home treatment is often all that is needed to relieve the symptoms of a mild reaction to common stinging or biting insects and spiders. Some people, however, have more severe reaction to bites or stings.
Some problems that may arise from these type of bites are more serious and include:
  • A severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis). Severe allergic reactions are not common but can be life-threatening and require emergency care. Signs or symptoms may include:
    • Shock, which may occur if the circulatory system cannot get enough blood to the vital organs
    • Coughing, wheezing, trouble breathing, or feeling of fullness in the mouth or throat.
    • Swelling of the lips, tongue, ears, eyelids, palms of the hands, soles of the feet, and mucous membranes (angioedema)
    • Lightheadedness and confusion
    • Nausea, diarrhea, and stomach cramps
    • Raised, red, itchy bumps called hives and reddening of the skin. These symptoms often occur with other symptoms of a severe reaction
Spiders or insects that may cause a toxic reaction can include:
  • Black widow spider
  • Brown recluse spider
  • Scorpion
  • Puss caterpillar (woolly slug)
Bites from a bee, wasp, or fire ant can cause a toxic reaction and can be in multple locations. A bee leaves its stinger behind and then dies after stinging. Africanized honeybees, called the killer bees, are more aggressive than common honeybees and often attack together and in great numbers. Reaction to bee stings can range from minor skin swelling and redness to a serious allergic reaction.
Wasps, including hornets and yellow jackets, can sting over and over.
A fire ant attaches to a person by biting with its jaws. Then, pivoting its head, it stings from its belly in a circular pattern at multiple sites. A large skin reaction with swelling and redness that spreads away from the site of the bite or sting. It may be as large as swelling across two major joints, such as from the elbow to the shoulder. A skin infection can occur at the site of the bite or sting.
If you get a sting or bite from a spider, insect or bee, please be aware of how the area stings reacts to that bite. Also make note if you are feeling dizzy, light headed or have trouble swallowing or breathing. Immediately call your doctor or 911, time is of the essence!
Advanced Dermatology & Skin Cancer Specialists offers many procedures and therapies for the treatment of Insect, Bee and Spider bites. Call us and schedule an appointment to have one of our skin care specialists look at your individual situation and develop a plan for the diagnosis & treatment of this condition.

The information above is intended for informational purposes only. It is not medical advice and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.
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Temecula, CA 92592

Menifee/Sun City: (951) 303-6900
26960 Cheerry Hills Blvd, Suite C
Sun City, CA 92586

La Quinta: (760) 564-8200
79430 Highway 111, Suite 102
La Quinta, CA 92253

Hemet: (951) 929-DERM (3376)
1011 E. Devonshire Ave., Suite 203
Hemet, CA 92543

Moreno Valley: (951) 208-7994
24060 Fir Avenue, Unit B
Moreno Valley, CA 92553

Palm Springs: (760) 832-6277
El Mirador Medical Plaza at desert Regional
Medical Center Campus
1180 North India Canyon Drive, Suite #E315
Palm Springs, CA 92262