How to Treat a Bee Sting

Bee stings happen unexpectedly and it’s important to understand the steps to properly treat a bee sting.

Step 1: Remove the Stinger

If the stinger remains in the skin, never use tweezers to remove the stingers. You run the risk of squeezing the stinger and releasing more venom. Instead, remove it by scraping it with your fingernail or a piece of gauze.

Step 2: Wash the area with soap and water

Rinse the area thoroughly with soap and water to remove any venom that may be left around the are you were stung.

Step 3: Apply a cold pack

Applying a cold pack or ice to the area will reduce swelling. If the swelling moves to other areas of your body, immediately go to the emergency room as an allergic reaction could be occurring. Additional signs of an allergic reaction include difficulty breathing, hives, nausea, and dizziness.

Step 4: Consider taking pain medication

Over-the-counter pain medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen can help relieve the pain and reduce inflammation.


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