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Bites & Burns Treatment Providers in Fargo

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Bites and burns can happen to any of us. In some cases, a bite or burn can be treated at home, while in others, professional medical treatment will be crucial. The severity of bites and burns can vary. With burns, knowing when to seek medical treatment can be more obvious. With bites, it often takes a serious reaction before someone will seek medical help. So how do you know when a bite or burn is treatable at home and when you should seek the help of an experienced medical provider?

When you’re not sure if you were bitten by a venomous insect or spider, or your burns are at risk of infection, it’s always wise to contact Altaire Clinic to schedule an appointment. Our team of experienced medical providers can examine you and determine the appropriate treatment and provide care that will prevent unnecessary complications.

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Skin Bites & Burns Treatment Center

When it comes to bug bites, they will usually go away on their own in a couple of days. However, there are some cases in which a bite can pose a serious danger to your health, which is why it’s important to educate yourself concerning the common insects, spiders, and bugs that are in your area.

While many bites are harmless, there are some that can cause a severe allergic reaction. Everyone reacts differently to bites, so it’s important that you know what to look for.

A mild reaction can include itching, redness, and swelling around the site.

A severe reaction can occur within a matter of minutes after being stung or bitten and can cause swelling of the throat, tongue, lips, trouble breathing, vomiting, cramping, nausea, hives, dizziness, blisters, muscle spasms, and loss of consciousness.

Some of the most common types of bites that we treat at Altaire Clinic are caused by:

  • Fire ants
  • Brown recluse spiders and other types of spiders
  • Hornets
  • Black widow spiders
  • Wasps
  • Honey bees
  • Yellowjackets
  • Biting flies
  • Mosquitos

Home treatment can include washing the bite, applying an antibiotic ointment, taking an over the counter antihistamine to relieve itching, an anti inflammatory to relieve swelling, over the counter pain medicine, and applying a cool wet washcloth. Mosquito bites are very common and can often be treated at home with hydrocortisone cream and a cool washcloth. A poisonous spider bite can require immediate medical attention. Signs of a brown recluse bite include tissue damage, skin sores, a bite with a pale center that turns purple or dark blue with a red ring around it, body aches, chills, and a fever.


Check your insect sting or bite for signs of infection, such as increased pain, redness, swelling, and a fever. If the pain and swelling are severe or worsen within a matter of hours, you must seek medical treatment. Treatment for spider bites will depend on the type of spider.

Other bites and stings can be treated with over the counter pain relievers and anti-inflammatories.

Burn Injury

Burns can also be scary for both adults and children, and it may not be clear whether or not a burn requires medical treatment. If your child is complaining of severe pain, there is increased redness, and swelling medical treatment is required.

The different types of burns are based on severity- first, second, and third degree.

First degree burns are minor burns and affect only the outer layer of skin. A second degree burn can involve possible skin loss and blisters. Third degree burns extend into the fat layer beneath the dermis layer of the skin. Skin can appear tan, leathery, waxy white, and stiff. A third degree burn typically requires skin grafts for wound closure. With third degree burns, it’s clear medical attention is required immediately.

With first and second degree burns, an adult or child may experience pain and moderate discomfort. There is also the risk of a secondary skin infection if proper home care is not followed. At home, for minor burns, a cold washcloth and over the counter pain relievers can be effective.

Seek medical attention for the following:

  • Burns on the groin, feet, face, or hands
  • Burns that were caused by hot grease, fire embers, flames
  • Burns that cross joints
  • Burns that have an area of whiteness
  • Large blisters
  • Chemical or electrical burns
  • Burns that affect multiple areas
  • Pain that cannot be relieved with over the counter pain medication
  • Signs of infection such as oozing, swelling, increased redness, fever

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What to Expect at Your Visit

When you’re seen at Altaire Clinic, the first step is filling out paperwork that requests information regarding your condition, symptoms, when the bite or burn occurred, and any other concerns you have.

If you’re being seen for a bite, your medical provider will identify which type of insect or spider bit you and determine the appropriate treatment. They will also look for signs of an allergic reaction and infection.

If you’re being seen for a burn, a medical provider can often quickly identify whether you have a first, second, or third-degree burn. They will look for signs of infection, and discuss proper home treatment, which may include applying creams and special dressings to prevent infection.

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Risk Factors Getting Bites and Burns

Both bites and burns can result in secondary infections without proper treatment. Bites that cause an allergic reaction can be life-threatening without medical intervention.

Cost of Treatment / Insurance

Most insurance plans will cover the cost of treatment for bites and burns. To learn more about what your policy covers, you must contact your insurance provider directly.

Below is a list of the accepted insurance providers at Altaire Clinic.

  • Aetna
  • BCBS of MN
  • BCBS of ND
  • Cigna
  • Health Partners
  • Humana
  • Medica
  • Medicare
  • ND Medicaid
  • Preferred One
  • Sanford
  • Tricare/Health Net Federal Services
  • United Health Care
  • VA PC3 (Optum)

*Please contact us if you have any questions as to if we accept your insurance.

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At Altaire Clinic, our medical providers commonly treat patients with bites and burns and can provide the appropriate treatment that can alleviate your pain and discomfort, while addressing complications such as allergic reactions or infection. If you were burned or bitten by an insect or spider, contact our clinic today at (701) 356-5503 to schedule a consultation. Our team of experienced medical providers is here to help by evaluating your bite or burn and providing effective treatment that may include medication to decrease swelling, pain, and itching, and to prevent any complications. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.

Why Choose Altaire Clinic

At Altaire Clinic, we provide affordable comprehensive medical care for patients with bites or burns that require treatment from an experienced medical provider. Our expert care is delivered with compassion and kindness. Our goal is always to help our patients look and feel their best. To learn more about the other services we offer and how the team at Altaire Clinic can help, contact us today.

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Common Questions About Treatments

When Should I Go to the Doctor For a Burn?

If you have a burn that’s more than three inches long, is covering the face, joints, or hands and there’s little pain, you must seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Additionally, signs of increased redness, pain, and swelling will also require medical attention.

Which Medicine is Best for Insect Bites?

For pain and discomfort you can take over the counter anti-inflammatories and pain medication. For itching, you can use over the counter anti-itch creams.

How Do You Know if a Burn is Serious?

Seek medical treatment if there are signs of infection, such as swelling, redness, pain, or oozing. You should also schedule an appointment with a medical provider for burns that do not heal in two weeks, or if you experience new, unexplained symptoms.

Can Insect Bites Last for Months?

Typically, insect bites will go away within a few days. If you have had an allergic reaction to an insect bite, the reaction often does not last more than a few hours, but in some cases an allergic reaction can linger for weeks. Contact your medical provider to schedule an appointment if you’re still experiencing symptoms of an allergic reaction for more than a few hours.

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We encourage you to book a consultation, so one of our providers can personally discuss your needs and recommend the procedures best suited to your lifestyle. Contact us by phone or use the convenient form below so you can reach your ultimate health, wellness, & beauty goals.