Stay safe outdoors

Insect bites

Warm weather brings with it an increase in the amount of insects, some of which can bite or sting.

Most bites and stings can be easily treated at home and will clear up within a few hours / days.

The general advice for treating bites and stings is to remove the sting, clean the area thoroughly with soap and water and apply something cold to the skin.

If possible raise the affected area.

To reduce the risk of infection, apply antiseptic to the bite/sting and try not to scratch the skin.

If the bite or sting is on the face, call 111 for first aid advice as the reaction can be more severe.