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Take the sting out of your summer - top tips on how to treat bites and stings

Summer has finally arrived.  The children are happily playing in the garden enjoying the fresh air and sunshine.  Then, all of a sudden you hear a commotion, and in a split second the joy and laughter turns to tears.  Your child has been stung by an insect.

Most of us remember being stung when little and in the majority of cases it’s a minor nuisance.  The affected area may get a little red or swollen and it may be slightly painful but usually clears up within several hours.  But for a child it’s likely to be the worst pain they’ve experienced and despite lots of tears, most bites and stings can be treated at home and with basic medication.

So, what’s the best thing to do?  And how will you know if the reaction is more serious?

Don't let allergies ruin your summer – Your Pharmacy can help!

Streaming eyes, runny nose, can’t catch your breath?  No it’s not the latest cinematic weepy but the onset of hay fever season.

The warmer temperatures mean spending more time outside and more time outside usually means feeling brighter, better and fresher.  But for some it can be the start of months of misery caused by allergies, such as asthma, hay fever and eczema.

Heatwave alert

As you will be aware, over the next few days the weather is predicted to be increasingly warm. Please follow the guidance below to ensure you look after yourself and others during this time.

Dr Stephen Munday, Solihull’s Director of Public Health and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group Governing Body member, advises:

“It is very easy to become dehydrated in hot weather as we can soon lose more fluid than we take in, so drink cold non-alcoholic drinks regularly, keep out of the sun during the hottest times of the day, and avoid physical exertion in the heat where possible. People who are very young, the elderly and those with chronic conditions are more at risk, so keep an eye out for friends and neighbours who may be vulnerable.”