Late summer is the favorite season of many Podiatry Group of Annapolis, P.A. patients. People love the warmer weather and are still enjoying outdoor activities including beach trips and other excursions, exercise, meals, concerts, and more…But, they don’t love the unpleasant insect bites on their feet and ankles that can result from time outside.
Bugs love feet
Feet are often an easy target for insects. These bugs can crawl on your skin undetected, biting and stinging any exposed skin. If you itch, bites can progress to swelling and even infection. It’s important to take steps to prevent bug bites and to treat them promptly when they occur.
Preventing bug bites
The best way to stay safe from insects is to apply an effective repellent to your skin, especially at the feet and ankles. Your lower body is often directly exposed to grass and wooded areas where insects live. There are a variety of repellents commercially available. Some are all-natural and employ essential oils as active ingredients; others use a chemical called DEET that is widely accepted as safe and effective. It’s fine to try both to see what works for you.
What to do for a bug bite
If you do get a bug bite on your foot or ankle, there are steps you can take to minimize your body’s reaction and the risk of infection:
- Lie down with your feet above your heart. For example, rest on the couch with your feet propped up on a pillow.
- Apply a cold compress to the area to relieve swelling.
- Don’t scratch! Infections can result. Try an over the counter medication such as hydrocortisone or calamine lotion for relief.
- If you’re really uncomfortable or if you know you’re allergic to insect bites, an over the counter antihistamine may help.
If you notice signs of infection such as extreme swelling, red streaks, fever, or discharge, call your podiatrist right away. Further intervention may be necessary.
Contact our Annapolis podiatrist
Are you worried about a bug bite, or do you have any other concerns about the health and well-being of your feet, ankles, or lower legs? With decades of specialized training and experience, foot doctor Dr. James M. McKee can help. Call Podiatry Group of Annapolis at 410-224-4448 or contact us online today. Our friendly staff will be happy to help you schedule a convenient appointment in our modern, comfortable office on Solomons Island Road in Annapolis, MD.