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Insect and Tick Bites

What are Insect and Tick Bites and Stings?

Participating in outdoor activities, whether you’re in your backyard, hiking or near a body of water, may expose you to the possibility of bites and stings. Most animals and insects will not harm you if you do not harm them but being aware, knowing your area and having a plan are all ways to help prevent bites and stings – and treat them if they happen.

Help for Insect and Tick Bites at Bronson

If you have a tick or insect bite or sting that you are concerned about or that is causing discomfort, you can rely upon your local care team at Bronson to provide the relief you need.

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Common Bites and Stings

  • Bee, wasp and mosquito stings
  • Tick bite
  • Spider bite
  • Flea bite
  • Ant bite
  • Fly bite
  • Bed bug bite

Symptoms of Tick and Insect Bites and Stings

Bite and sting symptoms may vary depending on your body’s sensitivity to venom, existing conditions and other viruses and/or diseases an insect may carry.

Mild Symptoms

Most people experience mild bite and sting symptoms. These symptoms include:

Tick Bites

  • Rashy or itchy skin
  • Blisters
  • Burning sensation
  • Pain or swelling at the wound site

Insect Bites

  • Rashy or itchy skin
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Tenderness
  • Numbness or tingling

Severe Symptoms

Tick Bites

  • Trouble breathing
  • Some ticks carry diseases that can be transferred to you when they bite. Symptoms include:
    • Weakness
    • Headache
    • Nausea
    • A fever or chills
    • Body aches and pains
    • Full body rash.
    • Redness or rash near the affected area

Insect Bites

  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fever
  • Confusion or loss of consciousness
  • Muscle spasms
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Swelling of lips and throat or difficulty breathing
    • A severe reaction – anaphylaxis – is a life-threatening medical emergency and can cause your body to go into shock, throat to tighten and make breathing difficult. If you think you are experiencing anaphylaxis, use your self-injectable epinephrine and call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

How to Prevent Bites and Stings

Prevention, awareness and being able to identify harmful animals and insects in your region is the best way to prevent bites and stings. It’s also important to be aware of the season, as summer months can increase the popularity and frequency of bites and stings.

Tick and Insect Bite Treatment

Based on the severity of your reaction and the type of bite or sting, several treatments can help you manage and treat your symptoms.

Types of treatment

  • Observe the bite/sting area and remove stinger, if needed
  • Wash the affected area thoroughly with soap and water
  • Compression to reduce pain and swelling
  • Over-the-counter medication to reduce pain, swelling and itching
  • Hydrocortisone cream, calamine lotion and other topical treatments

If you are experiencing severe symptoms or symptoms that persist or worsen over 24 to 48 hours, call your doctor.

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On Demand Video Visit

See a doctor online using your smartphone, tablet or computer from the comfort of your home for minor illnesses (patients 18 months or older).

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Contact your Primary Care Provider

Current patients can schedule in-person or video visit appointments by calling the office.

Scheduled Video Visit

Find a doctor and schedule online or by calling (269) 341-7788.

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Walk-in care for minor illnesses for patients (18 months or older) in Kalamazoo.

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Urgent Care

Walk-in care for non-life threatening illnesses or injuries in Battle Creek.

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Emergency Care

Walk-in care for serious or life-threatening injuries or illnesses. If you are unable to walk-in, dial 911 for emergency assistance.

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Find the Right Care Based on Your Need

Still not sure which is the best care option for you? Visit our Need Care Now page to compare options.

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Know When to Dial 911

If you are have persisting or worsening symptoms, or are experiencing a life-threatening condition such as chest pain, trouble breathing or stroke symptoms, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.