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  • Pharmacy First – Infected Insect Bite

    Insect bites or stings are not usually serious and get better in a few days. But sometimes they can become infected or cause a serious allergic reaction. If you believe your insect bite is infected, speak to a Kamsons Pharmacist today.

    What are the symptoms of an infected insect bite?
    • Increased redness
    • Swelling
    • Heat
    • Pain
    • Pus or discharge
    • Itching
    • Increased tenderness
    • Fever or malaise
    Speak to your Kamsons Pharmacist about infected insect bites

    Infected insect bite treatment

    With the new NHS Pharmacy First service, Kamsons pharmacists are able to provide a larger range of treatment options for infected insect bites (patients 1 years and over). Your Kamsons Pharmacist can provide you with expert advice and treatment without the need for an appointment or a visit to your GP.

    Easing symptoms of an insect bite
    Do
    • put an ice pack wrapped in a cloth or a clean cloth soaked in cold water on the bite or sting for at least 20 minutes, if it’s swollen

    • keep the area raised if you can

    • take painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen if the sting is painful

    • use antihistamines to relieve any itching (but do not use antihistamine cream if you had caterpillar hairs on your skin)

    • use a hydrocortisone cream to reduce itching and swelling

    Don’t
    • do not scratch the bite or sting, as it could get infected

    • do not use home remedies such as bicarbonate of soda to treat the bite or sting

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