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Beware of the bug bite (or sting)!

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If there's one thing Texas has plenty of, it is creepy, crawling things. No matter where you look - in your garden, in your yard, in your home - odds are you'll run across an insect or arachnid of some kind.

While we know they are actually doing a lot of great things for our environment, it's never fun to be the victim of one of their bites or stings. Fortunately, those incidents are rare, but when they do occur, you need to know what to do - and when to seek medical attention.

With the help of Mike Merchant, PhD, BCE, professor and urban entomologist with the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Dallas; Joseph Kim, MD, medical director of Methodist Urgent Care; and Sofia Ansari, MD, infectious diseases physician on the medical staff at Methodist Richardson Medical Center, we've pulled together this helpful chart to guide you.

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Methodist Health System is prepared to help you and your family. To find a location near you, visit

The information presented in this blog should be viewed for general purposes only and should not be construed as prescribed medical advice. Please consult your private physician for further information or evaluation.