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  Thorpe-le-Soken Surgery
 

High Street
Thorpe-le-Soken
Essex
CO16 0EA
 
Branch surgery at Kirby Cross             
 
Tel: 01255 861850       Email: thorpelesoken.surgery@nhs.net

 

 

Dr Carla Mahmoud  

 

Dr Mathew Kattukaran  


Bites


Animal bites should be washed immediately with water and a mild antiseptic. Your tetanus cover should be checked. For insect bites, see section on insect bites and stings.

Contact the doctor when the surgery is open if:

  • The wound becomes red and tender after a few days

Contact the surgery immediately if:

  • The wound becomes red, swollen and you have a temperature

Attended the Accident & Emergency Department if:

  • There are multiple wounds or serious tissue damage

Insect Bites or Stings


Insect bites and stings, although they may be itchy or painful, rarely cause severe problems.


Antihistamine tablets or medicines (you may have been given these for hayfever and several are available from pharmacies without prescription) will reduce the swelling and itching.  Antihistamines are most effective if given as soon as possible after the bite has been noticed.


Bee stings should be removed carefully by scraping away from the point of entry through the skin without squeezing the attached sac


Contact the doctor straight away if:

  • you have been stung in the mouth, tongue or throat

  • you have had a previous serious reaction to a sting or bite

  • you have a generalised reaction, for example a rash or swelling developing at a site other than where you have been stung

  • you develop difficulty in breathing

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