Summer in east Tennessee—lots of sun, lots of quick rain storms and lots of bugs! It can sometimes seem like you step outside for just a few minutes and wind up with bug bites galore.

But that doesn’t have to be the case. Our team at AFC Urgent Care Ooltewah wants to step you through some bug bite prevention and treatment tips.

When Should I Worry About a Bug Bite?

Well, the short answer is: If it’s bugging you (pun intended), stop in for a visit and we’ll take a look to ensure it’s nothing serious. In most cases, a bug bite is just a bug bite.

But if you have any symptoms—such as swelling, redness or pain—that do not improve within a few days, that’s definite cause for a visit to our clinic. In the meantime, take some steps to prevent bites and stings in the first place.

Bug Bite Prevention

  • Don’t swat at bees, wasps or hornets.
  • Wear long sleeves and pants to cover skin, particularly in high grass where chiggers are common.
  • Do not go barefoot outside.
  • Avoid wearing strong perfume or cologne.
  • Use insect repellent.

What Happens If I Get a Tick Bite?

Sometimes a tick bite can be harmless, but other times, it puts you at risk of developing certain medical conditions, including Lyme disease.

That’s why it’s important to take immediate action if you notice a tick on your skin. Use tweezers and firm pressure and speed to pull upward on the tick. Be careful not to squeeze on the tick, since doing so can result in parts of the tick staying behind in your skin.

Tick Bite Signs & Symptoms

  • A red spot on skin
  • Full body rash
  • Neck stiffness
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Weakness
  • Fever
  • Muscle or joint pain

Did you experience a really bad bug bite? Stop by AFC Urgent Care Ooltewah today for a medical evaluation.