Most insect bites and stings are relatively harmless – but some spiders, snakes and sea creatures can be very dangerous.
Here is a fact sheet that includes advice on basic first aid procedures for common bites and stings only.
Things to remember
- In most cases, firmly bandage the site of the wound and keep the person still.
- Don’t use tourniquets, cut the puncture site or try to suck out the venom.
- In the case of ticks, don’t try to kill the tick before removal as this may cause it to inject more poison.
- Always seek medical advice as quickly as you can.
Download a PDF version of the St John Bites and Stings Quick Guide.