June 24th, 2016

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          4 Top Tips for Dealing With Bites On Holiday

Here at What Skin Needs we love summer holidays but along with the sunshine comes a host of potential skin problems. A mild winter and the recent rainy spells may mean bugs will be out in force this year so we’ve pulled together 4 top tips to help you deal with minor bites and stings from pesky insects.

1. Prevention is always better than cure

Beat the bugs by trying to prevent them getting to you in the first place. There are lots of things you can do to avoid being bitten and we’d recommend adopting a range of techniques, suitable for your holiday destination.

When you’re out and about, particularly in the evening, cover up and wear loose light clothing to make it harder for insects to get to your skin. Consider using an insect repellent to deter the bugs. They come in many formats so find something that works for you and your family, and that’s also suitable for the place you are going to be. It may also be an idea to consider a mosquito net for overnight.  

2. Never scratch

While bees and wasps inject venom when they sting, mosquitoes simply bite to feed on your blood. The bumps and itchiness that follow come from an anticoagulant that the mosquito injects to prevent your blood from clotting, which triggers a mild allergic reaction that includes the typical round, red bumps.

Most bites and stings will heal on their own without a visit to a doctor but there are several things you can do to relieve pain and itching and prevent infection.  If you do get bitten, always resist the urge to scratch, no matter how good it feels. Despite being pleasurable at first, ongoing scratching can lead to an increase in the intensity of itch and will simply make you itch more. Scratching is likely to inflame the area even further which will kick your body into histamine production overdrive, leading to a vicious circle of even more itching, and may even damage your skin, leading to infection.

3. Be Prepared and Soothe quickly

Ensure you always carry a first aid skin treatment to provide immediate relief if you do get bitten. What Skin Needs Soothing Skin Gel is perfect to carry in your bag and is great for use on the whole family* for a range of summer skin ailments.  This holiday must-have will provide instant relief for bites or itchy skin. Simply apply to the affected area twice per day for instant relief.  It can also be used on sun damaged skin, windburn and rashes. The proven anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties of the active ingredient Plantolin, will also soothe, rehydrate and repair rough, dry and damaged skin.

4. Ice, Elevate and Antihistamine

If a bite or a sting is painful or swollen, ice or a cold compress may help. Apply to the affected area for periods of no longer than 15-20 minutes and elevate too to further prevent swelling. An oral antihistamine from a pharmacy may be beneficial to calm the reaction.  However, if the local swelling looks severe, or you suspect an allergic reaction, then you will need to visit a doctor.                                                                             

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