Insect Bite and Sting Care at Ocala Family Medical Center


So what is bugging you? Do you find that life really bites sometimes? Many insects, mosquitoes and spiders bite or sting, and while the bites of common bugs like mosquitoes, mites, and fleas are itchy and uncomfortable, these are usually otherwise pretty harmless. However, some bites and stings, like those from fire ants, wasps, hornets, and bees, may cause intense pain or even an allergic reaction. There are others, like poisonous spider bites and scorpion stings, that could require immediate emergency medical care.

Poison might not be the hazard your bug carries, though. It could be sickness. Because certain bites can also spread illnesses, such as Chagas disease (from kissing bugs), Rocky Mountain spotted fever (from a dog or wood tick), the Zika virus and West Nile virus (both transmitted by mosquito), and Lyme disease (from a black-legged tick), it is good to know what bit you. Learning to identify a bug bite by how it looks and feels will help you know whether to seek medical care or treat the skin bump at home.

Many of these troublesome critters are arthropods, insects that live primarily on land and have six legs. They dominate the present-day land fauna. They represent about three-fourths of known animal life. But generally the majority of people lump insects, arthropods, and anything small that bites or stings as a "bug" or an insect. For insect, mosquito, zika and pest control treatment in Florida use a professional service.

Your bug bite might trigger a rash. A rash is an area of inflamed or irritated skin. Rashes can come from various causes, including insect bites. Often times an insect bite rash can mimic other conditions and can be confused with things such as scabies, fungal infections or even allergies. When in doubt, see your doctor.


The "bite site" can be an important indicator of your body's reaction to bug bites. Usually an insect bite rash is localized. If the rash develops to a general body rash, it is best to see a physician to evaluate the rash. Signs that the rash is infected may include headache, nausea, fever, body aches and shortness of breath. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should seek medical attention right away.



Ocala Family Medical Center

2230 SW 19th Avenue Road

Ocala, FL 34471


Phone: 352-237-4133

Fax:      352-873-4581



Carlos F. Rodriguez, MD

Robert G. Panzer, DO

Mark Monical, DO

Robert Allen Williams, MD

Salesia Alvarado, MD

Adam Alpers, DO, LHRM

Brian Pecoraro, DO

Mimi Balch, MD

Todd R. Panzer, ARNP-C

Anne E. Moyer, PA-C

Stacey Graham, ARNP-C

Linda Bellows, ARNP-C

Karen Larsen, ARNP-C

Brittani Losapio, ARNP-C

Tyler Lindsey, PA-C

Corey West, ARNP-C

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