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What can you do yourself in case of an insect bite, if you do not suffer from an insect venom allergy?
- Remove the remaining sting or tick with tweezers.
- Hold something cool (e.g. ice pack, cold compress) on the affected area for at least ten minutes.
- Do not scratch the puncture.
- If possible, elevate the stung body part to reduce the swelling.
- Special creams from the pharmacy help against itching and swelling.
When to seek medical advice?
Contact your family doctor when:
- the consequences of the insect bite do not get better or even worsen within a few days.
- an approx. 10 cm long or several small red swellings develop around the puncture.
- you have been stung near the eye, mouth or throat.
- the puncture becomes inflamed.
- you get flu-like symptoms (e.g. high fever, swollen glands).
When to seek medical advice immediately?
Get medical aid immediately if
- you are gasping or have breathing difficulties.
- your face, mouth or throat is swollen.
- you have trouble swallowing.
- you feel dizzy or you have fainted.