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Insect Bites and Stings and Spider Bites - Check Your Symptoms

Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:

  • You have symptoms of a severe allergic reaction. These may include:
    • Sudden raised, red areas (hives) all over your body.
    • Swelling of the throat, mouth, lips, or tongue.
    • Trouble breathing.
    • Passing out (losing consciousness). Or you may feel very lightheaded or suddenly feel weak, confused, or restless.

Call your doctor now or seek immediate medical care if:

  • You have symptoms of an allergic reaction, such as:
  • You have a lot of swelling around the site (such as your entire arm or leg is swollen).
  • You have signs of infection, such as:
    • Increased pain, swelling, redness, or warmth around the sting.
    • Red streaks leading from the area.
    • Pus draining from the sting.
    • A fever.

Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor if:

  • You do not get better as expected.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: June 04, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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