Insect bites and stings are puncture wounds caused by insects. Some insects may sting you as a defence by injecting venom into your skin.
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Most insect bites and stings cause small local reactions where the symptoms can be easily treated. If your symptoms are severe, see your GP.
Taking precautions to avoid being bitten or stung by an insect is particularly important if you've had a bad reaction to a bite or sting in the past.
A number of complications can develop after you are bitten or stung by an insect, including secondary infection, Lyme disease, West Nile virus and malaria ...