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How to protect yourself from pesky insects

How to protect yourself from pesky insects

Wasps, bees, ants and mosquitos each carry their own unique risks, but all of them can cause significant discomfort and potentially some far more serious consequences. That’s why everyone must ensure they’re fully prepared for encounters with pesky, unwanted insects over the weeks ahead.

When it comes to taking proper precautions to handle the risk of being bitten or stung by an insect, there are two main things to focus on: prevention and treatment:

Avoiding bites and stings

The best solution to any medical condition is always to try and avoid it in the first place. Thankfully, there are a number of insect repellent products available to keep pests at bay – for example, you can apply sprays or creams to the skin to ensure insects, and in particular mosquitos, are less likely to be attracted to you.

You can also use sprays to kill or ward off insects – such as ants and cockroaches – if they have become prevalent in your home. Further solutions exist, including plug-in insect repellents, which emit odours into a room that can ward off uninvited guests.

Treating bites and stings

If you’re unable to prevent being stung or bitten by an insect, then fortunately there is also a wide range of products available to treat and ease the discomfort. For example, there are poison extractors that enable you to remove an insect’s poison from a sting or bite. Antiseptic creams and after-bite lotions or sprays are also useful to have to hand for quick, targeted relief for irritating, itchy and stinging bites.

For those heading abroad for their summer holiday, and in particular anyone heading to tropical climates, be sure to speak to your pharmacist or GP to ensure you have all the essential medication you require. What’s more, it is advisable to purchase your medication, insect repellent and treatment for bites before you depart to guarantee you have suitable and reliable products.

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