Bug bites and stings have been known to transmit insect-borne illnesses such as West Nile virus, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and Lyme disease. Though most reactions to insect bites and stings are mild, some reactions may be life-threatening. Preventing bug bites and stings with insect repellant, wearing the proper protective attire, and not wearing heavily scented perfumes when in grassy, wooded, and brushy areas is key. Read more: Bug Bites and Stings Article
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Treatment & Diagnosis
- Hand Pain
- Finger Pain
- Red Spots on the Skin
- Swollen Testicles (Testicular Swelling)
- Swollen Lip
- Arm Pain
- Penile Pain
- Foot Pain
- Leg Sores
- Hip Pain
- Swollen Eyes
- Bumps on Skin
- Swollen Ankles and/or Swollen Feet
- Penile Itching
- Changes in Skin of the Breast
- Heel Pain
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Medications & Supplements
- acetaminophen (Tylenol, Tylenol Arthritis Pain, Tylenol Ext, Little Fevers Children's Fever/Pain)
- amoxicillin (Amoxil, Moxatag, Larotid)
- ibuprofen (Advil, Children's Advil/Motrin, Medipren, Motrin, Nuprin, PediaCare Fever, and others)
- Penicillin (Antibiotics)
- doxycycline (Vibramycin, Doryx)
- calamine and zinc oxide (Calamine Lotion)
- Over-the-Counter Products
- Artemisia absinthium (Wormwood)
- hydrocortisone valerate
- pramoxine (Itch-X, PrameGel, Orax, Sarna Sensitive, and Others)
- EpiPen (epinephrine auto-injector, EpiPen Jr)
Prevention & Wellness
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- Health Tip: Using Bug Repellent
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- Don't Let Bugs Dampen Your Outdoor Fun
- Richer Houses Home to Wider Range of Bugs
- Heating Luggage Sends Bedbugs Packing
- Health Tip: Avoiding Insect Stings
- Average U.S. Home Harbors About 100 Types of Insects, Other Critters
- Health Tip: Coping With Mosquito Bites
- Watch Out for Disease-Carrying Insects This Summer
- Health Tip: Caring for Bug Bites
- Do You Need a Doctor for Bug Bites and Bee Stings?
- Health Tip: Using Insect Repellent
- Stay Out of Stinging Insects' Way This Summer
- Brown Recluse Spider Bites on the Rise, Expert Warns
- Health Tip: Soothing Bug Bites
- Guard Your Kids Against Bug Bites This Summer
- Health Tip: Avoid Bug Bites
- Many Allergic to Fire Ant's Sting Don't Get Preventive Shots
- Health Tip: Defend Against Insect Bites While Traveling Abroad
- Mosquitoes Can Become Desensitized to DEET
- Health Tip: Protect Kids From Mosquito Bites
- Health Tip: Applying Insect Repellent
- CDC Warns of Another Emerging Tick-Borne Threat
- Deadly Black Widow Spider Edged Aside in California
- Over-the-Counter Bug Bite Remedies Don't Work: Report
- Bug Bites May Have Caused Zebras' Stripes
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