Nettle Stings

Nettle stings

Nettle stings are an itchy and sometimes painful, raised rash on the skin known as hives.

Nettle plants have leaves covered in hairs, and the hairs contain histamine and formic acid that irritates the skin.

If the skin comes into contact with the nettle leaves the reaction will happen within an hour. The casualty will develop hives which will be itchy and painful.


  • Nettle stings should not need hospital treatment.
  • Try a menthol cream to help reduce the itching and anti-histamines to relieve the rash. If pain is remains,  paracetamol can be taken.
  • If in doubt, ring 111 or speak to Pharmacist at the chemist.