Bites and stings typically happen when an animal or insect feels threatened. With stings, the insect injects venom into your skin with its stinger. Common types of bites and stings include:
- Spider bites
- Bee stings and wasp stings
- Snake bites
- Ant bites and stings
- Scorpion stings
Although bites and stings usually cause only minor injury, some may require medical attention if:
- The bite is on the face, head, neck, hand, foot, or joint.
- The bite came from an animal unknown to you, a wild animal, an animal acting strangely, or a pet not up-to-date on immunizations.
- There are signs of infection.
- The bite is a deep puncture, the skin is torn, or there is significant bleeding.
- The person is not up-to-date on tetanus shots.
- The reaction to a sting is severe.
If you or someone you’re with has experienced a bite or sting in Las Vegas or Henderson, NV, then you can count on the emergency care at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican. Save your spot in line at the ER using our InQuicker online waiting service.
Symptoms of Bites & Stings
Bites can range from minor to deep puncture wounds. If the bite breaks the skin, there is a risk of it becoming infected, so you should look for the following signs of possible infection:
- Oozing from the wound
Signs and symptoms of stings include:
- Feeling hot to the touch
It’s possible to have a life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) to a sting. That’s why you should seek reliable emergency medical care at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican or call 911 for the following symptoms:
- Difficulty swallowing or breathing
- Dizziness or fainting
- Tingling, tightness, or swelling of your eyes, face, throat, tongue, or lips
- Weak, rapid pulse
- Hives, itching, and flushed or very pale skin
- Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
- Wheezing or shortness of breath
Find Expert Care for Bites & Stings in Las Vegas, NV
Your treatment at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican for a bite or sting will depend on whether or not you are allergic. If you aren’t allergic, you can take care of most minor bites and stings at home using these steps:
- Gently remove the stinger if it is in the skin.
- Wash the bite or sting with soap and water.
- Apply a cold compress.
- Apply hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion, or take antihistamines by mouth to ease symptoms.
- Use over-the-counter pain relievers, if necessary.
If you are allergic to stings, administer your epinephrine autoinjector and call 911. Seek medical attention even if your symptoms get better.
Doctors at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican offer experience in treating many emergency medical needs, including bites and stings in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV.