How to Treat a Bee Sting

Bee stings usually happen when you least expect it. Our instant reaction is usually a mix of surprise and panic. It’s best to learn what to do when a moment like this happens – before it happens.

Here is a step-by-step treatment guide Dr. Giacomo Maggiolino, board-certified dermatologist with Forefront Dermatology, recommends for bee sting:

  1. Remove the stinger quickly. The longer the stinger remains in the skin, the more venom it releases. Never use tweezer to remove a stinger as squeezing it can release more venom. Instead remove it by scraping over it with you fingernail or piece of gauze.
  2. Wash the stung area with soap and water.
  3. Apply a cold pack to reduce swelling. If swelling spreads to other areas of your body, you may be having an allergic reaction and need to go to the emergency room immediately. Other signs of an allergic reaction include difficulty breathing, nausea, hives and/or dizziness.
  4. Consider taking over-the-counter pain medication. Bee stings are painful. Painkillers like acetaminophen or ibuprofen can help relieve the pain. Always follow the directions on the label and use the correct dose.

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At Forefront Dermatology, we know that life is all about the moments when you don’t need us. That’s why we’re here for all the moments when you do. We offer comprehensive and compassionate care for all skin conditions and create customized treatment plans for all ages – even the tiniest of patients!  Find a dermatologist near me.