Bites and stings

If you or a family member has been bitten or stung, the injury can range from a mild irritation to a serious, even life-threatening, wound. It’s important to know what to do.

Call Healthline 0800 611 116 if you are unsure what you should do.

In this section

  • All bites that break the skin are serious. You should always see a doctor after being bitten to avoid infection. Find out what first aid to do and what treatment to receive. Read more
  • Bee and wasp stings can be very painful, and in some people can cause a dangerous allergic reaction. Find out how to avoid getting stung, and what to do to treat the sting. Read more
  • An insect bite is usually a red itchy bump. Find out what to do if your child gets bitten. Read more
  • Some kinds of jellyfish deliver a painful sting. Find out what to do if you or a family member gets stung. Read more
  • Most spiders in New Zealand are harmless, but the katipō, redback and white-tailed spiders can be harmful and should be avoided. Find out what to do if you or a family member has been bitten, and when to see a doctor. Read more
  • Stinging nettle is a common weed in New Zealand, and its sting can be very irritating. Find out how to care for nettle stings and relieve the itching. Read more
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