Get Expert Bug Bite Treatment in Harlingen, TX, or Fort Worth, TX

Exceptional Emergency Center can help if you need any type of serious bug bite treatment in the Harlingen, TX, or Fort Worth, TX, area. Most bug bites aren’t anything more than a minor annoyance; however, there are some situations that can become serious, even to the point of being life-threatening.

While regular bug bites may sting, itch, and cause discomfort, other reactions are possible if you are especially sensitive or allergic. While some people may already be aware of a particular allergy or reaction to certain bug bites or stings, others may have sudden symptoms with very little, if any, warning. A severe reaction to an insect bite like this is called anaphylaxis.

In addition to sudden reactions to bites or stings, there are other cases where bug bites may require a trip to an emergency facility. Ticks are well-known carriers of many different diseases, including Lyme disease, and both black widows and brown recluse spiders are venomous spiders known to inhabit Texas. These insects can also cause various problems that may require medical attention.

Serious symptoms associated with bug bites

Serious anaphylactic symptoms from bug bites or stings usually come on rather quickly. Acute allergic reactions often include any or all of the following symptoms:

  • Trouble breathing, wheezing, and/or a feeling like the throat is closing up
  • Quick heartbeat
  • Swelling of the face, neck, or mouth
  • Feeling dizzy and/or restless
  • Hives and/or rash

If any of the symptoms above appear, it indicates the person is having a serious reaction to the bug bite or sting, and they should be treated immediately. People with known allergies may be carrying epinephrine, which can help mitigate the reaction, but they should still see a medical professional for evaluation even if they receive an injection.

Black widow and brown recluse bites can cause skin issues at the site of the bite itself, but they may also cause other problems, such as nausea, fever, and even convulsions. People experiencing any acute symptoms should seek immediate treatment, and the spider should be brought in for identification if possible.

Insect bite treatment

Insect bite treatment varies depending on the type of bug bite or sting and the condition of the patient. Severe reactions require a call to 911. If you come to Exceptional Emergency Center in Harlingen, TX, and Fort Worth, TX, we will immediately give you something for the symptoms, then address any other problems. Serious cases may require anything from epinephrine injections to CPR. The sooner a person is brought in for treatment, the more likely that serious complications can be avoided.

Patients experiencing anaphylactic reactions may also be given oxygen, IV treatments with antihistamines, and other supportive care to reduce the severity of the reaction. Those with spider or tick bites will be evaluated based on the type of bite and symptoms. Our professional staff is able to address all your emergency bug bite and sting needs, so don’t hesitate to come in for quality care if you are experiencing a reaction.

Contact us for expert insect bite treatment!

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