Insect bites and stings will usually cause a red, swollen lump to develop on the skin. This may be painful and in some cases can be very itchy. Most insect bites and stings are not serious and will get better within a few hours or days. Some people may have a mild allergic reaction and a larger area of skin around the bite or sting becomes swollen, red and painful. This should pass within a week.
Bugs that bite or sting include wasps, hornets, bees, horseflies, ticks, mosquitoes, fleas, bedbugs, spiders and midges.
If you have troublesome symptoms after an insect bite or sting, the following treatments may help:
Contact your pharmacist, call NHS 111, or GP for advice if:
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