Bug Bite Treatment & Prevention

Bug Bite Treatment & Prevention

Bug bites are no joke, especially when they hurt, burn or itch. If you’re not careful outside, you’ll likely get bumps and bites from insects in your own yard. Or worse, inside your home! Bugs can be virtually anywhere, regardless of where you are or what preventative measures you take. So it’s important to know what bug bite treatment you can take, and maybe even some extra precautions.

Bug Bite Treatment 

For mild reactions, your main priority is making sure the site is clean. Mild reactions are what most people encounter when it comes to bug bites. 

  • Remove any stingers potentially left behind (often by bees).
  • Wash the bite with warm water and soap.
  • If there is swelling at the bite location, apply a cooling compress or ice to help decrease symptoms.
  • Apply a hydrocortisone cream, calamine lotion or even baking soda to help relieve any itching or burning. 
  • Take an antihistamine for any itching (like Benadryl or Claritin), or an acetaminophen (like Ibuprofen or Tylenol). 

How To Keep Bugs Away

Most people know to use bug repellent and to schedule consistent, professional bug spray around their house and yard. However, there are some extra steps you can take to help ensure you’re bug-free. 

  • Not all bug repellents are created equally! Use repellents with DEET in them to protect yourself against mosquitos and ticks. 
  • Cover exposed skin when you’re outside with long clothing and closed-toe shoes. 
  • If you’re sleeping outside, use a bed net to help keep bugs off of you while sleeping. 

Allergic Reactions 

If you experience any symptoms more serious than mild itching, swelling or pain, then you may be having a serious allergic reaction. These symptoms can include: 

  • Hives
  • Nausea or vomiting 
  • Swelling of lips, throat and eyes
  • Dizziness or confusion

Serious allergic reactions require medical attention. Visit Comanche County Memorial Hospital’s The Drewry Family Emergency Center or call an ambulance at 580.585.5555 if you or someone you know experiences these symptoms as a result of a bug bite.


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Mayo Clinic. https://www.mayoclinic.org/first-aid/first-aid-insect-bites/basics/art-20056593

American Academy of Dermatology Association. https://www.aad.org/public/everyday-care/injured-skin/bites/prevent-treat-bug-bites