Is My Insect Bite Infected? When to See a Doctor
Ah, summertime. The warm sunshine, balmy afternoons, and…swarming insects. It’s that season again! If you have been outside for more than a few minutes lately, you probably have a mosquito bite or two. Most insect bites are harmless and don’t require medical care, but it’s important to watch for signs of infection and promptly speak with a medical professional should they occur.
It’s a good idea to visit a doctor’s office or urgent care clinic if your insect bite:
- Is accompanied by fever, chills, or swollen lymph nodes
- Feels warm to the touch
- Is swollen or increasingly red
- Appears to have a red line extending from it
- Is producing pus
- Has sores on or around it
- Is painful
In rare cases, an insect bite may trigger a severe allergic reaction and warrant emergency care. Call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room if a bite:
- Causes swelling of the throat, eyes, or lips
- Leads to shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Causes sudden confusion or dizziness
- Is accompanied by hives, nausea, cramps, or rapid heartbeat
Insect Bite Treatment at Fast Track Urgent Care
Fast Track Urgent Care in Silver Spring and Kensington is pleased to provide walk-in insect bite treatment to patients of all ages. Our seasoned physicians and clinicians can properly clean your insect bite, prevent or treat an infection, and ensure you’re ready for your next summer adventure.
Visit Fast Track Urgent Care today—we are open during extended hours every day and accept most health insurance plans. Also, be sure to ask us about our Virtual Visits and if they are right for you!