NHS Infected Insect Bites

NHS Infected Insect Bites in Sutton Coldfield

If you’ve been bitten or stung by an insect, you may experience redness, itching, and swelling. Most insect bites and stings are not serious and can be treated at home. However, in some cases, an insect bite or sting can become infected and require medical attention.

The NHS offers treatment for infected insect bites at local pharmacies, including Walmley Pharmacy, and is free for those that are eligible, otherwise there will be a prescription charge. Here’s what you need to know about infected insect bites and how to prevent them.

Symptoms of Infected Insect Bites

When an insect bites or stings you, your body’s immune system reacts by releasing histamine, which causes itching, swelling, and redness. In most cases, these symptoms will go away on their own within a few days. However, if the area around the bite or sting becomes increasingly swollen, warm to the touch, and painful, it may be infected. Other symptoms of an infected insect bite include:

  • Pus or fluid draining from the bite
  • A fever or chills
  • A spreading rash
  • Swollen lymph nodes

Treatment for Infected Insect Bites

If you suspect your insect bite or sting is infected, it’s important to seek medical attention. At Walmley Pharmacy, we can provide advice and treatment for infected insect bites. Treatment may include:

  • Antibiotics to treat the infection
  • Antihistamines to reduce itching and swelling
  • Pain relievers to reduce discomfort
  • Topical creams or ointments to relieve itching and prevent further infection

Preventing Insect Bites

The best way to prevent insect bites is to take precautions when you’re outdoors. Here are some tips:

  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants when you’re in wooded or grassy areas
  • Use insect repellent containing DEET or picaridin
  • Avoid wearing perfumes, colognes, or scented lotions when you’re outside
  • Inspect your clothing and body for insects before entering your home

At Walmley Pharmacy, we’re here to help you stay healthy and safe. If you have any questions or concerns about insect bites, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Alternatively, book yourself in for an appointment with us using the booking form below.