Bobby Pratt really loves bugs. Though he can’t pronounce the word yet, it’s clear that his future involves entymology. At the moment, Bobby is obsessed with his own personal white whale, the insect that has escaped him for months now: the brown marmorated stinkbug.
Like any quest, Bobby’s search for his stinkbug involves its share of mishaps! He leaves no stone unturned in pursuit of the crawly critter, and that means he uncovers many more insects along the way. Swarms of spiders, clouds of mosquitos — Bobby finds them all. And by day three of his family’s vacation, he has the bites and stings to prove it.
Luckily, the Pratts are near a FastMed! With FastMed’s quick service, Bobby gets treated and gets back out there.
Your American Summer probably involves your fair share of bugs, too, and the results can be itchy and painful. Here’s what Bobby would tell you to do about that.
Bug Bite and Sting Treatment
Take care of a mild reaction by:
- Moving to avoid more bites or stings
- Removing the stinger if needed
- Washing with soap and water
- Applying a cool compress to avoid pain or swelling
- Using topical hydrocortisone, pramoxine or lidocaine creams or gels to alleviate pain
- Applying calamine lotion to soothe itchy skin
- Taking antihistamine pills if itching is severe
Seek emergency care if you have:
- Difficulty breathing
- Swelling of the lips, eyelids, or throat
- Dizziness, faintness, or confusion
- Rapid heartbeat
- Nausea or cramps
- A scorpion sting on a child