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Insect Bite and Stings


Insect bites and stings usually result in a red raised patch of skin. They can be extremely itchy and the inflammation can cause discomfort. The use of antihistamine tablets or cream or a hydrocortisone cream can help clear up the bites and ease the itching.

Our Advice
  • Do not scratch, try pressing the bite instead.
  • Insect repellents and citronella oil can reduce how often you get bitten. They do not stop insects from coming near you and will not deter wasps and bees.
  • If you are going abroad, ask our pharmacist about how to prevent bites and malaria prophylaxis.
  • There is no oral insect repellent.
  • If you have many bites, broken skin, drowsiness or are concerned about a skin reaction, ask our pharmacist for advice.