Insect bites and stings
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The main symptom of insect bites or stings is a swollen lump on the skin. It may be itchy and painful, but usually gets better in a few hours or days.
You can often take care of an insect bite or sting yourself by keeping it clean and not scratching it. A pharmacist can help if it's painful or itchy.
Insect bites or stings are not usually serious and get better in a few days, but some can become infected or cause a severe allergic reaction.
Page last reviewed: 01/06/2023
Next review due: 01/06/2026