Bites and stings

Pesky insect bites and stings are common - they usually only cause minor irritation and clear up in a day.

In the UK, you might be bitten by midges, mosquitoes, fleas, bedbugs, spiders, mites or ticks or stung by bees, wasps and hornets.

Some stings can be painful or trigger an allergic reaction you didn’t know you would have, but most often there is nothing to worry about and you can treat them at home.

Did you know?

A small hole, or the sting itself, may be visible if you get bitten or stung. The area may become red, swollen and itchy. In a sting, this can be painful, but it’s harmless in most cases.

If you're concerned about yourself, a relative or friend, call NHS 111 for medical advice, this free service is available 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

The advisors taking 111 calls are in the same room as those answering 999 calls, so if urgent attention is needed, they can arrange it immediately for you.

Contact and about us

Your views and feedback are important to us as we strive to ensure health services in Hampshire are the best they can be. If you would like to get in touch with the CCG or if you have any questions or feedback on the information on this website, please contact us via:

Tel: 02380 627 444 Email: info@westhampshireccg.nhs.uk

Omega House, 112 Southampton Road
Eastleigh, Hampshire, SO50 5PB

For more information about us go to:
www.westhampshireccg.nhs.uk

The NHS in Hampshire is represented by seven local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs):

Led by local GPs, we are committed to ensuring the public has a strong and clear voice to shape our work and that we are open and transparent in our approach to planning and purchasing the health care you need.

This website was created in 2015 by West Hampshire CCG in order to support local people to manage minor illness and injury.