Bite and Puncture Wounds

Reactions to insect bites are often mild, causing little more than an annoying itch or stinging sensation. Sometimes there may be moderate swelling which disappears within a day or two. On occasion, individuals experience a more severe, delayed reaction. If you experience any of the following, please seek help at any of our Xpress Wellness urgent care clinics.
Signs and Symptoms of Severe Bite Wound


  • Fever
  • Hives
  • Painful joints and swollen glands
  • Nausea
  • Facial swelling
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Abdominal pain
  • Deterioration of blood pressure and circulation (Shock)


You might experience both the immediate and the delayed reactions from the same insect bite or sting. Only a small percentage of people develop severe reactions (anaphylaxis) to insect venom.


What Can I Get A Bite or Sting From
Stings and bites from bees, wasps, hornets, yellow jackets and fire ants are typically the most troublesome. Bites from mosquitoes, ticks, biting flies, ants, scorpions and some spiders also can cause reactions. Scorpion and ant bites can be very severe. Although rare, some insects also carry diseases such as West Nile virus or Lyme disease.
Treating the Bite or Sting
If the stinger is visible in your skin, remove it. Taking a pain reliever and applying an ice pack may be helpful. If you are still concerned, schedule an appointment at any of our local Xpress Wellness clinics.