Common Stinging or Biting Insects or Spiders
Many insects cause mild reactions, such as:
- Reference Bedbugs.
- Reference Kissing bugs.
- Reference Chiggers Opens New Window.
- Reference Fleas Opens New Window.
- Reference Flies.
- Reference Mites Opens New Window.
- Reference Mosquitoes Opens New Window.
- Reference Nonpoisonous spiders.
- Reference Ticks Opens New Window.
- Reference Scabies Opens New Window.
- Lice. For more information on lice, see the topic Reference Lice.
Some insects are more likely than others to cause allergic or toxic reactions.
- A Reference bee leaves the stinger behind and then dies after stinging. Africanized honeybees, the so-called Reference killer bees Opens New Window, are more aggressive than common honeybees and often attack together in great numbers.
- Reference Wasps, including hornets and yellow jackets Opens New Window, can sting over and over. Yellow jackets cause the greatest number of allergic reactions.
- A Reference fire ant attaches to a person by biting with its jaws, then, pivoting its head it stings from its abdomen in a circular pattern at multiple sites.
Bites and stings are more serious if you develop one or more of the following conditions after an insect or spider bite or sting:
- A severe allergic reaction (Reference anaphylaxis Opens New Window)
- A Reference toxic reaction
- A Reference large skin reaction
- Reference Signs of a skin infection Opens New Window
- Reference Serum sickness Opens New Window
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference October 25, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Reference H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine