Bug Bite Treatment
Medical Author: Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD
Medical Editor: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
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:
- mild burning,
- localized and minor swelling or pain, and
Most bug bite symptoms last for about a day or so, and then slowly resolve.
Bites from the more benign category include:
- most mosquitos;
- bed bugs;
- many ticks;
- some biting flies and ants;
- mites (for example, scabies, dust mites, and chiggers); and
- some non-poisonous spiders.
Bites or stings from bees, hornets, fire ants, wasps, yellow jackets , some spiders (brown recluse and black widow, most notably) and scorpions produce symptoms that can range from mild to severe.