Your quick-fix guide to insect bites

With the rains knocking on our doors, insects of all kinds are waiting for their day in the sun. Damp weather is perfect for insects to make hay (read: bite/ sting). The good news is that most insects are pretty harmless and nothing much will happen in the event of a sting or a bite. Generally, insect bites will heal on their own and a visit to the doctor is not necessary. However, some stings and bites will cause problems. This can be quite annoying and, often, painful if you are travelling or are vacationing somewhere.

If you have been stung or bitten, especially by a bee, move away from the area immediately. Bees alert other bees, and you may get stung again.

Whenever you make a painful tryst with an insect, don’t lose your cool. Remaining still and calm is good because if you move the venom will also move through your blood stream.

If you have been stung by a bee or a wasp or a red ant and other insects with stingers, check the area you have been bitten. If the stinger is still in the skin, remove it. If you can’t get hold of it, use tweezers. Do it as quickly as possible. Continue reading Your quick-fix guide to insect bites