What Are Insect Stings and Spider Bites?
A sting is what happens when an insect injects poison (venom) into your skin. The venom travels through the bug’s stinger. That’s what it uses to defend itself from harm.
If you get stung, you’ll feel pain. Your skin may turn red or swell at the site of the sting. In some cases, people who are allergic to the venom can have a life-threatening reaction. Doctors call this anaphylaxis.
Among the most common stingers are:
- Wasps (including hornets and yellow jackets)
- Fire ants
Examples of biters include:
Among arachnids (eight legs instead of six) that cause these types of bites are ticks and some spiders.