Knowledge

Bites & stings

Act Fast: 

 

  • If the insect left a stinger, gently scrape the skin with your fingernail or a credit card to remove it without breaking it. (Using tweezers can squeeze out more venom.)

  • Call 999 if you have trouble breathing, are coughing, or develop a hoarse voice, hives, or swollen lips or tongue. Anaphylaxis can be life threatening.

 

Follow-Up Care: 

 

  • For itching, hold a cold compress over the area for a minute, or apply calamine lotion or a cream like Savlon or Germaline (if the skin isn't broken or scabbed).

  • Contact your DR if you suspect a tick bite. He/she may want to test for Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.

  • Contact your DR is the area becomes red or swollen, or if you develop a fever.

All First Aid course information can be found on this site.

Alternatively call us on: 0333 444 9940

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