Treating bites and stings at home - The Evesham Observer

Treating bites and stings at home

Evesham Editorial 23rd Jun, 2018   0

LOCAL doctors are handing out insect bite advice as the warm weather of late develops into the summer months.

They say most insect bites and stings can be treated at home with the best thing to do being wash the area with soap and water and place a clean flannel or cloth soaked in cold water over the affected area to reduce swelling.

Try to avoid scratching it as this could cause infection.

If the bite or sting is painful or swollen, you can wrap an ice pack, such as a bag of frozen peas, in a towel and place it on the swelling.

For further treatment, ask the pharmacist about over-the-counter treatments that can help, such as painkillers, creams for itching and antihistamines.

Dr Carl Ellson, of Worcestershire’s three family doctor clinical commissioning groups said: “It’s difficult to avoid bites and stings when you’re out and about during the summer.

“There are some precautions that you can take like, covering exposed skin with long sleeves or trousers, applying insect repellent and avoid using strong perfumes, as this can attract insects.

“If symptoms persist or get worse, ensure you seek further guidance from NHS 111 or your GP.”

In rare cases, some stings can be painful and trigger a serious allergic reaction. If the redness or itching gets worse or it doesn’t clear up in a few days, call NHS 111 for advice.

For more information about treating bites and stings, visit the NHS Choices website.


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