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Protection From Insect Season

Protecting you and your family from nasty bites and stings while enjoying the outdoors.

Springs' warm weather leading into summer makes for many more adventures outdoors and enjoying the warmer weather. However, time spent outdoors can also lead to insect bites and stings causing discomfort for you and your family.

There are many ways you can protect yourself and your family from nasty bites and stings, and treatments if you do suffer from any insect attacks. Below are the most common ways to mitigate insect bites and stings and what to do if you do get stung or bitten.

Insects such as bees, ants, fleas, flies, mosquitoes, wasps, spiders, and water wildlife like jellyfish may bite or sting if you and your family get too close. Most won’t bother you if you are aware and stay away from them however it is nearly impossible to not suffer from at least one bite or sting.

An insect bite generally produces a red, itchy bump occasionally with a blister in the middle. In most cases, insect bites will heal and go away on their own however they can cause mild to moderate discomfort. Below is our advice on how best to treat any bites or stings and to ensure a speedy recovery with less chance of infection.

Scratching the bites or stings can cause the skin to break increasing the chances of infection, below is advice on what you can do at home to ease any discomfort and reduce the risk of infection.

  • Keep the area cool by applying a cold and wet towel onto the skin or an ice pack if you have one available (if not frozen peas are also a good substitute).
  • Apply aloe vera to soothe the area.
  • If there is pain caused by the bite or sting, then it is recommended you try taking a painkiller such as paracetamol.
  • Antihistamines are great for reducing any itching and swelling, as well as a cream with hydrocortisone in it.
  • Clean the targeted area daily and make sure to clean your hands regularly, especially if you are prone to scratching the bite or sting.

Advice on removing bee or wasp stings. If the stinger has been left on the skin, you should try to remove it as soon as possible to prevent any more venom from being released and to reduce discomfort and infection.

  • Scrape the sting out sideways with something that has a hard edge, such as a bank card or if you must your fingernails.
  • Try not to pinch the stinger with your fingers or tweezers because you risk spreading the venom.
  • Wash the area with soap and cold water.
  • To alleviate any pain, use any anti-sting ointment, Antiseptic Creams such as Savlon and apply a cold pack or cold towel.

Most of the time you and your family should be fine to heal at home from any bites or stings however there are several cues that would indicate you will need to seek further medical advice, see below.

  • The bite or sting lasts for more than 2 weeks
  • The red, swollen area keeps increasing in size and becomes more painful.
  • There is pus in the bite or sting.

If you are going to be out and about and enjoying the outdoors, we recommend using an insect repellent beforehand, covering up any vulnerable areas, particularly ankles and feet, and incorporating the use of citronella candles to deter sandflies.

If you are needing to stock up on any repellents, antiseptic creams, etc then come in-store and see one of our friendly team members who can advise on what is best for you and your family.

Disclaimer: This article provides general information only. It is not intended as medical or health advice and should not be relied on as a substitute for consultation with a qualified healthcare professional who understands your individual medical needs.

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