Insect bites and stings may be caused by a variety of bugs. You may or may not know what bit you. A bite or sting may go unnoticed or can cause irritating skin reactions. Most bites and stings can be safely treated at home.

For some people, insect bites or stings can cause severe allergic reactions. These reactions will require prompt medical attention. If you think that you are having a severe allergic reaction, get medical help immediately.

Insect bites and stings are caused by:

  • Biting insects (such as mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks)
  • Stinging insects (such as bees, yellow jackets, hornets, wasps, and fire ants)

Mosquito Bite
Mosquito bite
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