25th Aug, 2019

Local doctors offer advice on how to deal with bites over summer

Ross Crawford 12th Aug, 2019

LOCAL doctors are offering advice on how to deal with bites and stings over summer.

“It’s difficult to avoid bites and stings when you’re out and about during the summer,” said Dr Carl Ellson, clinical lead for Worcestershire’s clinical commissioning groups.

“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 you do get bitten or stung, advice can be given by your pharmacist. If symptoms persist or get worse, ensure that you seek further guidance from NHS 111 or your GP.”

Doctors say in most instances being stung or bitten is a minor nuisance.

Most can be treated at home by washing the area with soap and water and then placing a clean flannel soaked in cold water over it to reduce swelling.

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

Further treatment is available from pharmacists such as painkillers, creams for itching and antihistamines.

“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,” said Dr Ellson.

More information is available on the NHS Choices website.

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