Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Bite Insect Evaluation

The evaluation of an insect bite or sting begins with a history and physical exam.

Physical findings in someone with an insect bite or sting may include:

  • Blisters around the bite or sting
  • Redness around the bite or sting
  • Swelling around the bite or sting
  • Tenderness around the bite or sting
  • Warmth around the bite or sting
  • Ulcers around the bite or sting

Physical findings of an allergic reaction from an insect bite or sting may include:

Tests that may be used to evaluate an insect bite or sting include:

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Last Updated: Dec 16, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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