Some facts about bug bites & stings:
The Southern US is well known for its bugs. Mosquitoes are like fighter jets, fire ants have a bad reputation, and can carry away cars. Actually, this is not true, but they can be a problem.
Most bug bites can be taken care of with at-home first-aid treatments. Once you start having multiple bug bites, or allergic reactions, things can get a little more complicated.
First, it can become an emergency if you are swelling up, can’t breathe, or your lips or tongue become heavy or swelling, call 911!
To treat a bee or wasp sting, make sure the stinger is out. If it is still there, scrape it off with a credit card or something similar that is flat. Do not squeeze the round end as it will inject more venom. Once the stinger is out, wash the area with soap and warm water. Put an ice pack on it for about 15 minutes. If you are using a chemical ice pack, wrap it first with a towel because it can get too cold and can cause frostnip.
You can also make a paste of baking soda. Use about one tablespoon of baking soda with a few drops of water and place over the wound. You can take Ibuprofen or acetaminophen as prescribed by your doctor and as directed on the package.
If there are many bites, signs of infection, or anything that seems alarming, please call or see your doctor right away.
The American Academy of Dermatology has a great site: