Insect stings

Insect Stings

With the summer holidays in full swing, we tend to spend more time outdoors where we are more likely to be stung by insects. Insects that sting include bees, wasps and hornets.

Insect stings are common and can be painful but usually only cause some mild irritation and some simple first aid can alleviate symptoms effectively.

First Aid for insect stings

  • If you can see the sting, brush or scrape it off side-ways – the edge of a credit card works well
  • Wash the affected area with soap and water
  • Apply a cold compress to reduce swelling and provide pain relief
  • Elevate the affected area
  • If the sting is in the mouth, suck on an ice-cube or sip cold water
  • Remove any tight fitting jewellery from around the sting area
  • If you notice any signs of an allergic reaction such as breathing difficulties or reddened swollen itchy skin particularly around the face and neck – call 999 or 112 for emergency medical help.