Nettle stings can be itchy and you may feel a stinging or burning sensation. This will usually settle down within a few minutes or a few days and you can often treat them yourself. They may cause a raised area rash on the skin.
Wash the affected area with soap and water.
Avoid scratching or rubbing the itchy area.
The discomfort should improve within a couple of hours. Seek medical assistance if it continues.
Insect stings can be painful but are not usually dangerous. However, if the insect sting is in the mouth or throat this can be more serious as it could lead to swelling of the airway and obstruction.
Reassure the casualty. If you can see the sting, brush or scrape it off sideways with something firm. Don’t try to use tweezers to pull it out, because you could squeeze poison from the sting into the casualty.
Raise the affected area and hold something cold against the injury to help reduce the swelling. Keep the cold compress on for at least 10 minutes. If the sting is in the mouth or throat, the casualty can sip cold water to try to prevent any swelling.