Preventative Care

Premier Physician Network providers answer frequently asked questions about preventative care.

When should someone seek medical help for a bug bite?

Dr. Khatib discusses when a bug bite should be concerning. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


Most bug bites and stings can be taken care of with a little hydrocortisone to help ease itching.

But, sometimes, some people have much more severe reactions to bug bites, according to the National Institutes of HealthOff Site Icon (NIH).

The NIH recommends calling 911 if you have any of the following symptoms from a bite or sting:

  • Feeling weak
  • Turning blue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Swelling anywhere on the face or in the mouth
  • Throat tightness
  • Trouble breathing
  • Wheezing

Some people who have severe allergies to bites and stings are prescribed epinephrine auto-injectors to treat anaphylaxis, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and ImmunologyOff Site Icon (AAAAI). Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening allergic reaction that can include trouble breathing, chest tightness, swollen throat and vomiting.

For more information about when someone should seek medical attention for a bug bite, talk with your doctor.

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Source: Suzanne Bell, MD, Vandalia Family Care; Tracie Bolden, MD, Fairfield Road Physician Offices; Timothy Markus, MD, Dayton Heart Center; Allison Mendenhall, PA-C, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Katrina Paulding, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; Breanna Veal, PA-C, Walden Ponds Primary Care: James Halderman, MD, Jamestown Family Medicine; Ziad Khatib, MD, Fairfield Road Physicians; Christopher Lauricella, DO, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Marcus Washington, MD, Premier Health Family Medicine; Ann DeClue, MD, Ann DeClue, MD; Angelia Mickle, DNP, Jamestown Family Medicine; Leelmohan Ravikumar, MD, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Aaron Block, MD, MPH, Franklin Family Practice; Mansi Amin, DO, SureCare Medical Center, Tammy Taylor, DO, The Pediatric Group; Mark Williams, MD, Jamestown Family Medicine