July 30, 2022
While many times bug bites are little more than an irritating inconvenience, some can trigger a medical emergency, according to the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), which offered tips on telling one from the other.
"While most bug bites or stings are minor and can be treated at home, some reactions can quickly become severe or life-threatening," said Dr. Gillian Schmitz, president of ACEP. "It's important to pay attention to certain symptoms or allergic reactions and seek emergency care when necessary."
Most people can treat wasp, bee or hornet stings at home with an ice pack and an over-the-counter remedy for itching, pain or swelling, according to ACEP.
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