Missouri is a beautiful state full of natural landscapes, but sometimes the great outdoors can cause problems in the form of a bite or a sting from one of our peskier residents. Every day the Missouri Poison Center handles calls regarding insect, spider, and snake bites. Stinging creatures like wasps, bees, and even a native scorpion can also be a cause for concern. Luckily the Missouri Poison Center is open 24/7 to help with outdoor exposures. It may be surprising, but many calls to the poison center about insects and spider bites, or sometimes even snakes,don’t require emergency medical treatment and can be managed at home. However, there are several venomous species that can cause a more severe reaction. Even non-venomous encounters could lead to allergic reactions that require medical assistance. Call the Missouri Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222 for fast, confidential, and free assistance.
Bites, Snakes, & Plants – Oh My!
Calls to the poison center regarding insect bites are a common occurrence and rarely result in harmful symptoms. Most often the poison specialists are called about red bumps that vary in size and appearance. Effects from these bites range from having no symptoms to stinging, swelling, itching, redness, and possible blistering at the bite site.