Understanding Insect and Spider Bites -- Symptoms
What Are the Symptoms of Insect and Spider Bites?
insect bites produce only minor irritation, with symptoms such as:
Swelling at the site of the bite
Itching or burning Local numbness or tingling
Bites of poisonous spiders and scorpions may produce these symptoms:
An insect or
spider bite can rarely cause a potentially fatal allergic reaction known as anaphylactic shock. Symptoms can include:
Rapid swelling of the lips,
tongue, throat, or around the eyes Difficulty breathing
Wheezing or hoarseness Severe
itching, cramping, or numbness Dizziness
rash or hives
Stomach cramps Loss of consciousness
Call 911 About an Insect or Spider Bite If:
You think you have been bitten by a poisonous spider or scorpion.
You experience any of the symptoms of anaphylactic shock described above. This is a severe, possibly life-threatening condition.
Call 911 or your emergency number immediately.