Identifying insect bites is the first step towards taking preventive measures. However, knowing about the various symptoms from different insect bites can help alleviate the discomfort and pain caused by an insect bite.
Let’s take a look at some of the common signs and symptoms that may appear after an insect bite and what you need to be aware of.
Brown recluse spider bites
Identifying insect bites such as the brown recluse spider bites can be tricky since they often go undetected. These insect bites are followed by a sharp sting accompanied by intense pain. Symptoms may start showing in the four to eight-hour window after the insect bite. There could be blisters, and the skin might turn purple-blue. Other symptoms include sweating, itching, seizures, nausea, fever, chills, and in the most extreme of cases, kidney failure and coma.
Tick bites can carry Lyme disease and are characterized by initial symptoms such as the appearance of ring-like patterns of skin rashes that can last for a month. Not identifying insect bites like these can lead to the further development of symptoms such as headaches, muscle ache, joint pain, uneven heart beats, memory loss and failing autoimmune responses. Some tick bites can carry the rocky mountain fever, which can lead to rashes developing throughout the body with time.
Other common symptoms
When identifying insect bites, knowledge about the various common symptoms can help in getting the right treatment at the right time.
For poisonous insect bites, intense pain near wound sites is a red flag. Other common signs that can manifest after the initial symptoms include muscle cramps or spasms, pain in the abdomen, fever, chills, shortness of breath, difficulty in ingesting foods and liquids. This can be accompanied by failing lung function characterized by difficulty in breathing, slurring of the speech, headaches, dizziness, convulsions, cramps in the stomach, sudden blackouts, coma, wheezing, numbness in different areas of the body, and finally rapid inflammations.
If your case is severe or the symptoms listed above appear too suddenly, don’t hesitate to use countermeasure medications or auto-injector pens after careful consultation with your doctor.