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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.