What to do if you are bitten by an insect

Residents in south east ‘in hibernation’

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AS THE hot weather continues, advice to treat insect bites and stings is being given.

According to Care UK, which runs the walk-in centre in Milton Road, Portsmouth, between July 15 to 21, 29 people came in to be treated for bites, and stings.

A Care UK spokesman said: ‘They were all minor injuries and every patient was promptly treated without the need for onward referral.

‘The majority of insect bites and stings can be treated at home by the individual.

‘There are many creams and sprays available from chemists which help to reduce any pain or swelling. In addition, an ice pack, painkillers such as ibuprofen or paracetamol and antihistamine tablets will usually be powerful enough to combat the symptoms people experience.

‘However, if symptoms persist, become more severe, or result in an allergic reaction, people should visit their GP or nearest walk-in centre.’

The walk-in centre in Portsmouth is open from 7.30am to 10pm Monday to Friday, and 8am to 10pm at weekends and on bank holidays.