NICE antimicrobial prescribing guideline for insect bites and stings


An insect bite or sting often causes a small, red lump on the skin, which may be painful and itchy. Secondary bacterial infection is unlikely; it is unclear which causative organisms are most common.

This summary of NICE guideline 182 sets out an antimicrobial prescribing strategy for insect and spider bites and stings in adults, young people, and children aged 72 hours and over, including those that occurred while travelling outside the UK. It aims to limit antibiotic use and reduce antibiotic resistance. A visual summary of the recommendations is also included.

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