We can all agree that getting stung or bit by a bug is usually unpleasant. The small annoyance of crawling or flying critters is what we have to put up with in the great outdoors. Don\u2019t get us wrong, it\u2019s totally worth braving the elements to bask in the glory of mother nature, but it is important to know when a bug bite or sting goes from being an annoyance to being something more serious that perhaps needs medical attention.How can you know if and when a bug bite needs medical attention? This question can be tricky, and it\u2019s usually best to erron the side of caution if you are thinking a bite or sting is severe enough that it needs treatment. If you\u2019re unsure, here are a couple things to keep in mind:\r\n\r\n&nbsp;\r\nMost bites are harmless:\r\nThey\u2019re never welcome, but luckily, most of the time bug bites are not threatening to your health. Pesky mosquitos are annoying, but common bug bites can be soothed with some over the counter cream and a little time to heal. We recommend that you always keep topical cream in your RV\u2019s first aid kit. Cream like hydrocortisone that contains antihistamines will decrease itchiness to keep you from irritating the bite or sting further. Remember, the signs and symptoms of a mild bug bite should disappear after a few days.\r\n\r\n&nbsp;\r\n\r\nWhile most are harmless, if you\u2019re concerned about a particular bite and it is causing you pain, it\u2019s best to call a doctor.\r\n\r\n&nbsp;\r\nWhat to look for with a more severe bite:\r\nIf over-the-counter medicines aren\u2019t relieving the bite and it is showing signs that it is increasing in severity, it might be time to call a doctor. Serious pain, swelling and bruising are signs that you might have a little more than a pesky bite on your hands. Keep an eye on your bite to monitor whether it is worsening or getting better and watch for these signs:\r\n\r\n \tThe bite is surrounded by a large, red target-shaped rash (this could be a sign of Lyme disease)\r\n \tFever\r\n \tDizziness\r\n \tNausea or vomiting\r\n \tHives\r\n\r\n&nbsp;\r\n\r\nThese are just a few of the signs to look out for when you have a more severe reaction that could use medical attention. You will probably be able to identify when your body isn\u2019t having the usual reaction to a bug bite. While you shouldn\u2019t be concerned about seeking emergency care from most bites, know that certain reactions could warrant a trip to the ER (although, this is pretty rare).\r\n\r\n&nbsp;\r\n\r\nMost bug bites you will come across in the great outdoors won\u2019t set you back for long. By keeping basic over-the-counter products available in your RV first aid kit, you should be able to soothe most bites without missing a beat so you can get back to enjoying the great outdoors!