A to Z: Insect Bites/Stings, Venomousenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZDictionary-enHD-AR1.jpgVenomous insects bite or sting people as a way to defend themselves. They inject a poison (venom) into a person through their mouth or stinger which causes a reaction.venomous insect bites, venomous insect stings, insect bites, insect stings, bug bites, venom, bees, wasps, hornets, yellow jackets, fire ants, scorpions, brown recluse spider, black widow spider, anaphylaxis, epinephrine08/14/201304/05/201909/02/201911f2446b-fdc3-4c4b-adb5-44719f887cd9https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-insect-venomous.html/<p>Venomous insects <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/insect-bite.html/">bite</a> or sting people as a way to defend themselves. They inject a poison (venom) into a person through their mouth or stinger, which causes a reaction.</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>Examples of common venomous bites or stings are those from bees, wasps, hornets, yellowjackets, and fire ants.</p> <p>When bitten or stung by a venomous insect, a person will feel a sharp pain at the site,&nbsp;followed by redness and swelling of the area affected. A delayed response might include <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/hives.html/">hives</a>, painful joints, fever, and swollen glands.</p> <p>Some people may have a severe allergic reaction (<a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/anaphylaxis.html/">anaphylaxis</a>) to the venom that happens very quickly. It causes swelling in the face, breathing difficulty, nausea, abdominal pain, an itchy body rash, and loss of blood pressure and circulation (shock). This is a life-threatening situation and requires&nbsp;immediate emergency medical attention.</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>Most of the time, venomous bites and stings are just nuisances that can be treated at home with pain relievers, topical ointments (applied to the skin), and antihistamines. Bites from more dangerous insects (such as black widow spiders, brown recluse spiders, and scorpions) are rare but life threatening, and must be treated in an emergency room.</p> <p>For people who have known allergic reactions to bites and stings, carrying epinephrine or some other type of emergency kit with them can be lifesaving.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
A to Z: Insect Bites/Stings, Non-VenomousBites from non-venomous insects are the result of an insect attempting to feed upon a person's blood. Non-venomous means the insect does not inject poisons through its bite.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-insect-nonvenomous.html/fcc69e27-5eeb-4d09-911c-45705fa7c7f8
Bug Bites and StingsGenerally, insect bites and stings are harmless. Find out how to keep pests from ruining your fun.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/bug-bites.html/3b3949de-2ab8-470e-871d-35c8e648835d
First Aid: Insect Stings and BitesBeing stung by a bug is often just irritating and doesn't require medical treatment. But kids who are highly allergic to stings may need emergency medical care.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/insect-stings-sheet.html/86e1ee2e-fa87-43cc-a5a0-4344a72a3a1c
First Aid: Spider BitesMost spider bites cause mild reactions, but some can cause serious illness or allergic reactions. Here's what to do if you think your child was bitten by a spider.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/spider-bites-sheet.html/4b81bc59-f504-4feb-b579-7a7a0c4442d3
Hey! A Bee Stung Me!Bee, or honeybee, is the word many people use to describe any flying insect that has wings and a stinger. Learn more about bees.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/bee.html/2c0f5eea-a7dd-4dd6-a0de-5a55a1e639c9
Hey! A Black Widow Spider Bit Me!The black widow spider is one of six poisonous kinds of spiders in the United States. Learn more about them!https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/black-widow.html/c364a78a-90e1-4b20-9064-30bb789cc493
Hey! A Brown Recluse Spider Bit Me!The brown recluse spider is one of six poisonous kinds of spiders in the United States. Learn more about the brown recluse spider.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/brown-recluse.html/02ad1372-2b9f-4ba9-8138-8cde072b7abe
Hey! A Fire Ant Stung Me!Fire ants think they're hot stuff. Learn how to handle them in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/fire-ant.html/d612d107-1c46-4f87-bd8a-5f4f940e5fc3
Hey! A Scorpion Stung Me!Scorpions are about three inches long (about the length of a crayon), with eight legs and a small pair of claws that look like crabs' claws. Read all about them.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/scorpion.html/843d0688-ac4b-4176-aa1c-103a3c2a5f8f
Hey! A Tarantula Bit Me!A tarantula is a black, hairy spider that is about two to three inches long. Learn all about spiders and tarantulas in this fun article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/tarantula.html/c74043c2-e657-4da4-82be-4fee2033e372
Insect Sting AllergyInsect sting allergies can cause serious reactions. Find out how to keep kids safe.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/sting-allergy.html/701e2b97-9880-4ee9-8b38-56ab474a1a9b
Serious Allergic Reactions (Anaphylaxis)A person with severe allergies can be at risk for a sudden, serious allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. This reaction can seem scary, but the good news is it can be treated.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/anaphylaxis.html/0a39f182-b6cb-4509-990c-ba3790dad4b8