Infected insect bite

Insect bites or stings are not usually serious and get better in a few days. But sometimes they can become infected or cause a serious allergic reaction.

Symptoms of Infected insect bite​

We can supply a course of antibiotics to individuals over the age of 1 presenting with symptoms described above.
Insect bites or stings are typically minor nuisances that tend to resolve on their own within a few days. However, there are instances when they can lead to complications such as infections or severe allergic reactions. Understanding the common symptoms associated with insect bites or stings is essential for proper care:

The appearance of the lump may vary, often appearing red. On individuals with black or brown skin, it may be more challenging to visualise, but the swelling can still be felt.

While most insect bites or stings do not require medical intervention, certain cases may benefit from a course of antibiotics, especially when signs of infection are present. Individuals over the age of 1 who exhibit symptoms such as pain, swelling, and redness at the bite or sting site can be considered for antibiotic treatment. It's important to consult with a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate prescription of antibiotics.

How it works

Step 1

You book a free appointment with one of our NHS trained consultants.

Step 2

A consultant will review your request and call you back within 20 minutes.

Step 3

We will carry out a FREE consultation in-store or remotely.

How long will this take?

The infected insect bite will take between 10-15 minutes.

Where is this service available?

The free service is available in any of our branches, or remotely depending on how you wish to book the consultation with us.

In summary, although insect bites or stings are generally harmless and resolve spontaneously, it's crucial to be vigilant for symptoms of infection or severe allergic reactions. Providing a course of antibiotics to individuals over the age of 1 with specific symptoms ensures targeted treatment and helps prevent potential complications arising from insect bites or stings. Seeking medical advice allows for a personalised and effective approach to managing these situations.

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    The Pharmacy First is a free service expanding upon the existing self-care advice and assistance available from pharmacy teams, empowering skilled pharmacists to offer guidance and, when suitable, treatment for seven common conditions. No prescription is required for conditions such as earache, sore throat, impetigo, shingles, sinusitis, uncomplicated urinary tract infection (UTI) in women, and infected insect bites and stings. This hassle-free approach enables individuals to address minor health concerns conveniently, eliminating the need for a GP visit. Our committed pharmacists are ready to provide assistance in the discretion of a dedicated consultation room.