Treatment of infected insect bites

Insect bites are common and you can do lots to reduce the discomfort yourself.

When you are first bitten you may get some pain and swelling as a result of an insect bite and you can help this by buying some pain relief such as paracetamol or ibuprofen. You might also find it helpful to use a cold compress (flannel or cloth cooled with cold water) over the affected area.

Hygiene measures are important to aid healing and stop infection spreading to other parts of the body and to other people. We recommend that you

  • Wash the affected areas with soapy water
  • Wash hands before and after touching skin
  • Avoid scratching affected areas and keep fingernails clean and cut short, wear cotton gloves if necessary.

What to do if you think that the insect bite has become infected.

We have a service in our pharmacy where they will be able to give you advice and may be able to provide antibiotic treatment for an infection.

The service is for patients aged 1 year and above.

Your Questions Answered

Will I have to pay for this treatment?

Patients accessing the scheme that are entitled to free prescriptions will receive medication free of charge. All current NHS exemptions (including those with valid pre-payment certificates) are applicable, and the patient must be asked to provide evidence of their exemption.

Where can I get advice about Insect Bites?

If you are worried about your symptoms you can get advice from your local pharmacist, NHS 111, your GP or visit the NHS website.