Horsefly bite treatment aims to soothe pain in the damaged area.
Following a bite, sufferers tend to experience pain, itching and/or swelling.
“A bite from a horsefly can be very painful and the bitten area of skin usually be red and raised,” said the NHS online.
This needs to be treated quickly both to reduce the discomfort and to avoid an infection.
Try these three NHS-recommended methods for treating insect bites to soothe a horsefly-inflicted wound.
For a painful bite
If this happens, the NHS said sufferers should use over-the-counter painkillers to relieve the discomfort.
Paracetamol and ibuprofen are possibilities. However, aspirin should be avoided if the affected person is below 16 years old.
It is possible to save money buying painkillers by only buying certain brands.
For an itchy bite
Should an insect-inflicted wound become irritable and need scratching, the NHS advised applying a cream or lotion.
“Ask your pharmacist about over-the-counter treatments, including crotamiton cream or lotion, hydrocortisone cream or ointment and antihistamine tablets,” they said online.
For a swelling
If the bite has begun to swell, it may be necessary to apply a cold compress or ice pack.
This causes the blood vessels to get smaller, reducing swelling as fewer blood cells can rush to the area.
In addition, the NHS said taking “antihistamine tablets” could also help calm the swelling.
Healthline, a US-based medical website, gave direct advice on how to treat horsefly bites.
“You should cleanse the bite and apply over-the-counter antiseptic spray or ointment to help keep the wound clean and decrease irritation and itchiness,” they warned.
“Be sure to watch the area for signs of an infection, such as excessive pus or a foul odour. If you have any unusual symptoms you should consult your doctor.”
These bites heal in a few days “in most cases” the website advised.
“Certain insect bites can cause more serious reactions.
“If you have difficulty breathing, a rash that spreads or worsening pain, you should seek medical attention,” they continued.