Understanding Insect and Spider Bites -- Symptoms
What Are the Symptoms of Insect and Spider Bites?
Most 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:
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Intense pain at the site of the wound
Stiffness or joint pain
Abdominal pain, nausea or vomiting
Fever or chills
Difficulty breathing or swallowing
A spreading, ulcerated wound or tissue death
Dizziness, impaired speech or convulsions
An insect or spider bite can rarely cause a potentially fatal allergic reaction known as anaphylactic shock. Symptoms include:
Rapid swelling of the lips, tongue, throat, or around the eyes
Wheezing or hoarseness
Severe itching, cramping, or numbness
A reddish rash or hives
Loss of consciousness
Call Your Doctor 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.