It's that time of year for biting bugs and insect stings. So what bites do we need to worry about and what can we do to prevent them?

Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson, also known as Seattle Mama Doc, joined KING 5 to talk about what to do with insect stings and bites.

Insect Bites:

  • Insect bites are common, usually just local swelling
  • Reactions are extremely variable; infections unlikely
  • Use cold compress, anti-histamine for swelling
  • If swelling outside of bite area, it's a more serious reaction

Bee, Wasp, Hornet Stings:

  • Reactions vary, but life-threatening allergic responses can happen
  • Seek medical help if: swelling away from the bite, vomiting/nausea, dizziness or fainting, trouble breathing

Insect Repellents:

  • Repellents only protect from biting insects, not stinging ones
  • If you choose DEET, use 10% or less on kids
  • Picardin, Eucalyptus, soybean oil may work as well
  • Permethrin clothing can be helpful to prevent bites

What Parents Need to Know:

  • Avoid swatting or waving hands around bees
  • Move away slowly from bees/wasps
  • Avoid bright colors, flower-patterned clothes
  • Food, drinks, fruit trees and garbage attract insects
  • Call 911 if there's an allergic reaction


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