Nettle Cream 20g is traditionally used to aid in eczema and to relieve itchiness.
Symptoms of a bites or stings includes:
- redness or rash
- pain in the affected area or in the muscles.
- heat on and around the site of the bite or sting.
- numbness or tingling in the affected area.
Insect Bites usually clear up within 48 hours providing the bug isn't poisonous or an allergic reaction occurs.
- in cases of allergic reaction, swelling may be more severe and affect a larger part of the body, for example the whole leg or arm may become swollen
- allergic reactions may cause further swelling, pain and in some cases blisters will form
Bee and wasp stings and Australian Jack Jumper ant bites are the most common triggers of anaphylaxis caused by insect stings.
Wasps are generally more aggressive than bees and are attracted to food and sugary drinks. Check open food and drink containers when you are outdoors before you eat or drink from them.
Wasps and bull ants rarely leave their sting in the skin. Use a cold pack and soothing cream to relieve a minor reaction, and take a oral antihistamines to treat the itch.
If the pain is persistent and continues, see your doctor. You may need cortisone tablets to settle the swelling.
Take these steps if you are stung by a bee:
- do not use tweezers to remove the sting; bees leave behind a sac of venom, and if you try to use tweezers you will release more venom from the sac
- if the stinger is still in the skin, gently try to remove it by scraping it carefully from the side with the edge of a firm object, such as a finger nail or credit card – flicking the sting out as soon as possible to reduce the amount of venom injected
- when you have removed the sting, wash the affected area with soap and water and dry the area gently
Bug, Ant, Bee & Wasp Stings
- Honey may help with wound healing, pain, and itching.
- To treat bee stings with honey, apply a small amount to the affected area. Cover with a loose bandage and leave on for up to an hour.
- A paste made of baking soda and water can help neutralize bee venom to reduce pain, itching, and swelling.
- Apply a thick layer of baking soda paste to the affected area. Cover the paste with a bandage. Leave on for at least 15 minutes and re-apply as needed.
Apple cider vinegar
- Vinegar may also help neutralize bee venom.
- Soak the sting site in a basin of apple cider vinegar for at least 15 minutes. You can also soak a bandage or cloth in the vinegar and then apply it to the sting site.
- An ice cube or cold pack can be a surprisingly effective remedy for mosquito bites. The ice numbs the area and helps control swelling. Wrap cubes in a towel and press against bites for 10 minutes (or for as long as you can tolerate).
Used tea bag
- Natural tannins in tea act as an astringent, drawing toxins out of the skin and helping to lessen your discomfort. Press a used tea bag against your bites until the itching subsides.
Tea tree essential oil
- Antiseptic properties in tea tree oil help it treat a variety of skin-related symptoms, including mosquito bites. Dab a little essential oil onto a cotton swab and rub it on the affected area.