Infected Insect Bites
This is an NHS-funded service.
What are Infected Insect Bites?
Insect bites or stings are not usually serious and get better in a few days. They may be itchy and painful and can be relieved with antihistamine tablets or creams you can buy over the counter.
Sometimes they can cause a serious allergic reaction or become infected.
What are the symptoms of Infected Insect Bites?
Signs that suggest an insect bite has become infected include:
- Pain or tenderness in the affected area
- Skin around the bite area is hot to touch
- Discharge from the bite or sting area
- Redness or swelling of the skin that is spreading.
What can I do to relieve these symptoms?
You can help relieve your symptoms by:
- Taking an antihistamine to reduce the allergic reaction
- Taking over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen
- Applying hydrocortisone cream, if appropriate.
When should I seek help?
If your symptoms aren’t improving after 48 hours or are getting worse, your skin feels hot to touch and the redness or swelling is spreading you may benefit from a course of antibiotics.
How can Peak Pharmacy help?
Our Pharmacists can help people aged one and over.
They will ask you about your medical history and other symptoms to exclude other conditions or complications that need urgent referral to your GP or other sources of help.
They may recommend products you can buy over the counter, as above. If your symptoms suggest further treatment is needed our Pharmacists can supply you with a course of antibiotics, if appropriate.
What if my child is under one year of age?
If your child is younger than one year old we are unable to offer this service to them. Our Pharmacists, or members of the Pharmacy Team, can give self-care advice or refer your child to your GP as appropriate.
* Our online consultations are carried out by one of our Pharmacists.