Insect Bites Questions & Answers

Updated: Jun 21, 2018
  • Author: Boyd (Bo) D Burns, DO, FACEP, FAAEM; Chief Editor: Joe Alcock, MD, MS  more...
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Questions & Answers

Overview

What are the clinical implications of insect bites?

What is the difference between insect bites and stings?

What are the clinical manifestations of bites from bed bugs and how are they treated?

What is the most serious initial reaction to insect exposures?

Which diseases are transmitted by insect bites?

What are the health risks of cockroach and earwig exposures?

What is the pathophysiology of insect bites?

What is the incidence of insect bites in the US?

What is the global prevalence of insect bites?

What are racial predilections of insect bites?

What are sex-related predilections of insect bites?

Which age group has the highest incidence of insect bites?

What is the prognosis of insect bites?

What should be included in the patient information about insect bites?

Presentation

Which clinical history findings are characteristic of insect bites?

What are the signs and symptoms of insect bites?

Which physical findings are characteristic of insect bites?

DDX

What are the differential diagnoses for Insect Bites?

Workup

What is the role of lab testing in the diagnosis of insect bites?

Treatment

What is included in prehospital care for insect bites?

What is included in emergency department (ED) care for insect bites?

When is hospitalization indicated for the treatment for insect bites?

Which specialist consultations are beneficial for patients with insect bites?

What are complications of insect bites?

What are complications of insect bites during pregnancy?

What is the role of venom immunotherapy in the treatment of insect bites?

What is included in the long-term monitoring of patients treated for insect bites?

Medications

What is the goal of therapy for insect bites?

Which medications in the drug class Immunoglobulins are used in the treatment of Insect Bites?

Which medications in the drug class Toxoids are used in the treatment of Insect Bites?

Which medications in the drug class Corticosteroid, Systemic are used in the treatment of Insect Bites?

Which medications in the drug class Antihistamines are used in the treatment of Insect Bites?

Which medications in the drug class Bronchodilators are used in the treatment of Insect Bites?

Which medications in the drug class Cardiovascular agents are used in the treatment of Insect Bites?