No one wants to worry about bug bites during the summer season. All they want to be able to do is go outside and have some fun!

But we live and work near the Smoky Mountains—and we know that there are bugs out there everywhere! That makes bug bites and stings a very real reality, especially during the summer.

That’s why our team at AFC Urgent Care Sevierville wants to offer some perspective on avoiding bug bites and when to seek medical attention.

When Does a Bug Bite Need Medical Attention?

This is a trick question! A bug bite needs medical attention anytime you’re concerned about it. If you get a bite or sting and just don’t feel quite right, talk with a doctor.

Of course, there are some obvious signs that you need to see the doctor, including any pain, discomfort or swelling that doesn’t go away within a couple days.

How to Keep Bugs at Bay

  • Don’t swat at bees, wasps or hornets.
  • Wear long sleeves and pants to cover skin, particularly in high grass where chiggers are common.
  • Do not go barefoot outside.
  • Avoid wearing strong perfume or cologne.
  • Use insect repellent.

Is a Mosquito Bite Dangerous?

It can be. In most cases, mosquito bites are harmless. But those pesky bugs can also bring with them diseases, which is why it’s so important to take steps to prevent bites in the first place.

Fortunately, there are many things you can do to protect your skin from mosquito bites.

Mosquito Bite Prevention

  • Use an insect repellent.
  • Wear long sleeves and pants to protect skin.
  • Limit exposure to mosquitoes.
  • Use a mosquito net when sleeping outdoors.
  • Wear light colors.

Did you suffer a bug bite that seems to be sticking around? Stop by AFC Urgent Care Sevierville today for medical treatment!