The Link Between Allergic Reactions and Bug Bites

The Link Between Allergic Reactions and Bug Bites

No one wants to get bit by a bug. A bite can cause discomfort as well as uneasiness about the offending type of bug in the future. However, if a bite causes an allergic reaction, it can go beyond discomfort quickly. A severe allergic reaction can cause large-scale swelling and even breathing difficulties.

Pompeyo Chavez, MD, in Bastrop, Texas, is an expert in diagnosing allergies. In this blog, he explains what can result from insect bites and what you can do to stay safe.

Normal reactions to bug bites

Most bug bite sites mimic the symptoms of allergies. Itchiness, swelling, and redness are common in both allergies and bug bites.

If you or your child gets a bug bite, wash the area thoroughly, apply a cold compress, and keep an eye on it. If the discomfort and symptoms stay localized to the bite’s location, it’s probably a normal response, even if it’s uncomfortable.

Normal responses should resolve within a few days.

Allergic reactions to bug bites 

An allergic reaction can look similar to the normal bodily response to a bug bite. For example, you may develop itchiness and minor swelling. Because of this, it can be hard to tell the difference.

However, Dr. Chavez can determine if the result of a bite is due to an allergic reaction. If it is, he can develop an allergy treatment plan to ease any discomfort, both for the current bite and any future bites. 

It should be noted that bug bites rarely cause severe reactions. Severe reactions are most often caused by stinging insects, such as bees, hornets, and wasps.

Still, though, it’s important to monitor any bug bites. If, for example, swelling affects the whole limb rather than a small area around the bite, this could indicate a severe allergic reaction. Or if you have trouble breathing following a bite, this could indicate a severe allergic reaction.

If the reaction is severe, you should seek medical treatment immediately. Then you can make a follow-up appointment with Dr. Chavez, and he can develop a treatment plan to help you stay well in the future. 

Allergies outside of bug bites

A bug doesn’t have to bite or sting to cause allergies. Simply living with certain insects, such as cockroaches or dust mites, can cause an allergic reaction in some people. In many cases, these types of allergic reactions get confused with a common cold — but one that just won’t go away.

If you’ve been living with persistent stuffiness, itchiness, sneezing, or coughing, it could be due to an insect allergy. Talk to Dr. Chavez so he can help you find relief.

To assess and treat any insect-related allergies, call 512-262-4699 or book an appointment online with the practice of Pompeyo Chavez, MD, today.

You Might Also Enjoy...

5 Reasons Fad Diets Don’t Work

Are you looking for long-term weight loss solutions? Then it’s time to quit turning to fad diets, which promise — and may even deliver — some immediate results, but then fail shortly thereafter. Why do these trendy approaches rarely succeed?

How to Boost Your HDL "Good" Cholesterol

Cholesterol is an often misunderstood substance in our bodies that in dangerous amounts can lead to life threatening conditions. But there is such a thing as good cholesterol, and you can increase how much of it you have.

5 Encouraging Facts About Diabetes

Millions of people have diabetes, which makes this a rather common chronic condition. But if you’re one of those millions, it can be overwhelming to learn you have diabetes. In this blog, we talk about the top five encouraging facts about diabetes.

A Closer Look at How Oxygen Therapy Treats COPD

When breathing is difficult, nothing in your life is easy anymore. If other treatments you’ve tried for COPD aren’t working well enough to give you relief, you may need oxygen therapy. Learn more about what this treatment entails here.

What Does My Thyroid Do?

Your body’s metabolism relies heavily on the efforts of the thyroid — a butterfly-shaped gland that surrounds your trachea. When thyroid hormone production falls out of balance, the effects can be substantial.