Infected Insect Bites Treatment and Advice Service

About this service

Insect bites and reactions around the area of the bite or sting are common, sometimes however a bite or sting can become infected.

If this happens our expert pharmacy team can assess and supply products to treat the infection and reduce the symptoms.

Signs that a bite or sting have become infected include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Sores or blisters


They will also check for any other conditions or symptoms that may need them to refer you to another NHS service for further checks.

This is a free NHS service if you are exempt from prescription charges.

Our pharmacy team will also give you other advice and suggest other treatments for the relief of symptoms.

This is a drop-in service but you may want to check with the pharmacy before heading to your local branch.

Our teams on hand to supply treatments for infected insect bites in adults and children over 1. Effective treatment options for infected insect bites, infected insect stings in Doncaster, Rotherham, Sheffield, Scunthorpe, South Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire with Pharmacy First.

More NHS information on bites and stings


What is an infected insect bite?
Insect bites are not usually serious and will get better on their own after a few days, but sometimes they do become infected or can cause an allergic reaction. There are several insects in the UK that can bite or sting such as bees, wasps, hornets, midges, and fleas.
If you are worried about a bite, please visit your local Weldricks pharmacy and speak to the pharmacist today!
What are the symptoms of an infected insect bite?
The symptoms of an infected insect bite include:
• Redness: the area around the bite may become increasingly red.
• Heat: the skin around the bite may feel hot to the touch.
• Itching: the infection site can become itchy.
• Swelling: Infections can lead to the area around the bite swelling.
• Discharge: discharge or pus coming from the bite may indicate an infection.
• Tenderness: the bite area may become tender and sensitive to touch.
• Fever and tiredness: if an infection is present and it spreads it could cause a high temperature, tiredness and feeling unwell.
What causes an infected insect bite?
Infected insect bites occur when bacteria enter the body through the site of a bite. The bite may become infected if:
• The bite wound allows bacteria to enter which then multiplies, causing infection.
• Scratching an itchy bite can lead to the top layer being scratched off which causes an open space for bacteria found under the fingernails to enter the wound.
• Some insects that cause bites carry bacteria that can be transmitted into the bloodstream at the point of being bitten.
Can I stop insects from biting me?
You can take measures to reduce the risk of being bitten, these include:
• Avoiding places and times of day where insects are prevalent.
• Use insect repellents.
How can I stop a bite being infected?
If you have been bitten you can help to prevent the bite wound from becoming infected by:
• Not scratching the bite.
• Place an ice pack wrapped in a clean cloth over the bite for at least 20 minutes to reduce swelling.
• Use antihistamines to relieve the itching sensation.
• Use a mild steroid cream to reduce itching and swelling.
Can anyone get treatment for an infected insect bite on the Pharmacy First Infected Bite Service?
Adults and children aged one year and over can access this service.

Available at the following pharmacies