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How to best treat bites and stings


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As well as warm and relaxing days, the summer also brings wasps, bees, ants, midges and other biting and stinging invertebrates.  Most insect bites and stings clear up on their own in a few hours or 2 to 3 days. You can usually treat them without seeing a GP.

Simple first aid for insect bites and stings – to deal with any redness, swelling and any stinging or burning pain:

1.    Remove the sting if you can see it.
2.    Clean the wound with soap and water.
3.    Apply something cold to the skin - for example a damp cloth or ice pack.
4.    Raise the hand, foot or leg if that’s where you have been bitten or stung.
5.    If the bite or sting is on the face, call 111 for first aid advice because the reaction can be more severe.
   


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