Summer Bummer - Tips to Treat Summer Bug Bites and Stings

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Simple Ways to Protect Your Family

As the weather warms up and you spend more time outside, you'll likely come in contact with a variety of insects. Bug bites and stings, such as those from ants, bees, fleas and mosquitoes, are usually harmless. Still, they can cause irritation, itching and swelling. Here's what to know to ward off bugs while having fun outdoors this summer.

If you need urgent care for bug bites and beyond, your neighborhood Centra Care is open seven days a week to serve you and your family. Find a Centra Care location.

How to Avoid Being a Bug Magnet

In rare cases, bites or stings may cause an allergic reaction or a more serious illness like Lyme disease or West Nile virus. But by taking a few simple steps when you head outdoors, you can help protect your family.

When you can, try to:

  • Avoid disturbing insects and their homes
  • Burn citronella candles
  • Use bug repellent
  • Wear long sleeves, pants and closed-toe shoes

With this in mind, you can best enjoy the fresh air, vitamin D and other great benefits of time spent in nature.

Know How to Care for Bites and Stings

If you do get bitten or stung, wash the area with soap and water and apply an ice pack to reduce swelling. These treatments may also help: a pain reliever you can rub or spray on, an oral antihistamine (the kind you might use for allergies) or an anti-itch cream.

When to Seek Medical Care

Get medical care right away if you have a serious allergic reaction that includes vomiting, trouble breathing or a swollen tongue or throat. Our experienced providers are always here to help. Any time you need us, you can walk into your neighborhood Centra Care location or make a reservation online.

We're here for all your urgent care needs, from colds and sore throats to stitches, broken bones, X-rays and more, with many common prescriptions filled on-site. Walk in seven days a week or make an online reservation.

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