Bug Bite Treatment

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I hate bugs, especially the ones that "bite." For me, I lump all stinging and biting creatures into this bug category, so I choose to use the general definition of "bugs" to include all insects and insect-like invertebrates that bite or sting. Some people are more susceptible to bug bites than others. I am one of those unlucky people that mosquito populations must have a personal vendetta against. Consequently, I have had some experience with bug bites.

In general, most bug bites are simply an annoyance. Common symptoms of benign bug bites include:

  • redness,
  • mild burning,
  • localized and minor swelling or pain, and
  • itching.

Most bug bite symptoms last for about a day or so, and then slowly resolve.

Bites from the more benign category include:

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/21/2014