First Aid

Horsefly bites on the rise in the UK

Horsefly bites are on the rise in the UK and many people here in Trafford have been reported to have been bitten by one or two.


The fly which is large and dark tends to hang out around grassy areas and around farms and it is there you are more likely to get bitten, all the fly is doing is biting the skin and drinking your blood so it can feed its eggs since only the female horsefly bites humans.

Swelling will occur after being bitten and often a blister will result, you are warned not to be popping any blister, and if you get bitten on the face by this fly, you must seek medical help as soon as you can.

The advice if you get bitten anywhere else is to simply wash the area you are bitten with soap and water as soon as you can, or if you have a bottle of water to use this to clean the bite, then apply a cold compress around the area of the bite for around 10 minutes.

If you are bitten on legs or arms, it is advised that you keep it elevated for a time after cleaning the area, and never scratch the bite area as this could cause infections.

If you see your GP he or she will put you on either penicillin or antibiotics and may give you some ointment, home remedies will not work.

For more information on what to do if you get bitten by this pest click Here


Categories: First Aid, HorseFly

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