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  • Animal and human bites

    All bites that break the skin are concerning. Even minor scrapes, like when someone’s mouth grazes your hand by accident, should be taken seriously.
  • Bee and wasp stings

    Bee and wasp stings can be very painful, and can cause a dangerous allergic reaction. Find out how to avoid getting stung, and how to treat stings.
  • Insect bites

    Treatment for itchy bites from insects such as mosquitoes, fleas, sandflies or from spiders.
  • Jellyfish stings

    There are many different types of jellyfish in New Zealand; however, treatment of stings is exactly the same regardless of the type of jellyfish.
  • Spider bites

    Most spiders in New Zealand are harmless, but the katipō, redback and white-tailed spiders can be harmful.
  • Stinging nettles

    Nettles are plants with sharp hairs on their leaves. If you touch them, these hairs inject irritants into the skin, making it itchy, red and swollen.