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Is it okay to scratch my insect bite?

Scratching an infected bite can worsen the infection and potentially lead to scarring. Try using cold compresses or gentle tapping to relieve itching.

How can I tell if an insect bite is infected?

Signs of infection to watch out for:

  • Increased redness and swelling: If the redness and swelling around the bite worsen or spread significantly, it could indicate an infection or allergic reaction.
  • Pus or oozing: Discharge from the bite, especially pus or any other fluid, is a potential sign of infection.
  • Intense or worsening pain: If the pain from the bite is severe or getting worse, it warrants professional evaluation.
  • Fever or feeling warm: A fever, chills, or a general feeling of warmth after a bite can indicate infection or a systemic reaction.
  • Swollen lymph nodes near the bite: Enlarged lymph nodes near the bite site can suggest your body is fighting an infection.

If you experience any of the following signs after a bite, it’s crucial to seek professional attention at Touchwood Pharmacy Odiham for the Pharmacy First Infected Inspect Bite service. 

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