Emergency advice

Nettle stings:

  1. Wash the area with soap and water.
  2. Avoid scratching the area.
  3. Seek medical assistance if discomfort persists.

What are nettle stings?

Nettle stings can be itchy and you may feel a stinging or burning sensation. This will usually settle down within a few minutes or a few days and you can often treat them yourself. They may cause a raised area nettle rash on the skin.  

Signs and symptoms

Look for:

  • a stinging sensation
  • white or red spots
  • red, raised patches.

What to do

  1. Wash the affected area with soap and water as soon as possible.

  2. Avoid scratching or rubbing the itchy area.

  3. The discomfort should improve within a couple of hours. Seek medical assistance if it continues.

    • If the casualty is known to be allergic to nettle stings, they may have their own medication, such as an auto-injector.
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