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How to Treat a Swollen Foot From an Insect Bite

By Sarah Coennen ; Updated July 27, 2017

Pesky insects can crawl on our clothes and sometimes our skin without being detected. Feet are often an easy target and itching can occur from the insect bite, then progress into swelling and even infection, if not treated. If you're allergic to an insect that's bitten you, then further swelling and other side effects may occur. The important thing is to treat the bite immediately and seek medical attention if no changes are noted within 24 hours.

Prop foot up above your heart. For example, lay down flat on the couch with your foot on the arm rest.

Apply a cold compress to the swollen foot for 15 minutes. This should alleviate some of the inflammation surrounding the insect bite.

Take an antihistamine if you have known insect allergies, even if you don't know what kind of insect bit you. You can tell if you're having an allergic reaction by observing the side effects you experience after the bite. Any rashes, respiratory problems and cold-like symptoms are indications of an allergy.

Take an anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen to further alleviate the swelling.

Secure the ice pack to your foot with an ace bandage for convenience. Remember to leave it on for 15 minutes and then take it off for at least 15 minutes. This will help with blood circulation and healing.

Tip

Treat the insect bite with an antiseptic such as calamine lotion and drink plenty of water to flush the poisons out of the body.

Warnings

If serious allergies are present, and other side effects present with swelling, seek medical attention immediately. If swelling does not go down after 24 hours of ice packs, antiseptics, antibiotics, antihistamines and minimal scratching, seek medical attention. All drugs and topical ointments should be handled and administered by adults only. Keep out of reach of children.

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