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First Aid: Insect Stings and Bites

First Aid

Although insect stings and bites can be irritating, in most cases symptoms begin to disappear by the next day and don't require medical care. However, kids who are allergic to some insect stings or bites may sometimes have life-threatening symptoms that need emergency treatment.

Signs and Symptoms

Of a mild reaction:

Of a severe allergic reaction:

What to Do

If there are signs of a severe reaction:

If there are no signs of a severe reaction:

Seek Medical Care


Think Prevention!

Teach kids to avoid:

Reviewed by: Steven Dowshen, MD
Date reviewed: April 2014

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