During the summer months, we often spend more time outside enjoying the warm weather. But serious insect bites and stings can quickly turn your day around for the worst. Bug bites and stings are often mild and only produce minor skin irritation. However, certain insects can trigger a toxic or allergic reaction that requires emergency medical attention. Children tend to be more dangerously affected by insect bites and stings than adults. Staying informed will allow you to recognize the signs of a dangerous reaction.
What Is A Toxic Reaction?
A toxic reaction occurs when the body is exposed to a poison. Signs that an insect’s venom may have caused a toxic reaction include:
- Rapid swelling of the bite or sting location
- Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
- Lightheadedness, drowsiness, or weakness
- Muscle spasms
- Loss of consciousness