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Fownhope Medical Centre
Common Hill Lane, Fownhope, Hereford, HR1 4PZ

email: fownhope.medicalcentre@nhs.net

Telephone: 01432 860 235
Fax: 01432 860 900
Prescriptions: 01432 860 241
District Nurse: 01989 769081
The Dispensary is CLOSED between 12 noon - 1.00pm Monday - Friday.

Blandford Fly warning! Its that time of year again...

 

Blandford Fly bites are most common during May and June.  They usually occur on the ankles/legs and can be very painful. They may produce a severe, localised reaction around the area of the bite.

 

Advice for prevention is to cover your ankles and legs when outside and use insect repellent.

 

Tips if you get bitten:


1. Clean the bite area and dry gently.

2. Do not scratch, this could lead to infection.

2. Apply cold compress or calamine lotion.

3. Hydrocortisone cream may reduce inflammation.

4. Antihistamine tablets can help if taken promptly.

5. Antihistamine creams are not recommended as

    they themselves can cause skin reactions.

6. Cover large blisters with a dry dressing.

7. If bites are on the lower limbs there may be

    swelling of the ankles and feet for several days –

    do not worry about this - just rest with the feet

    supported on a stool whenever possible.

 

Complications requiring medical advice:


1. Discomfort / swelling or red lines appearing in the groin area or armpit.

2. Fever.

3. Spreading redness/hotness around the bite lasting longer than 3 days.


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