How-to Treat a Bee Sting
Spring has arrived! The days are longer, the skies are sunny and the kids are having a blast in the backyard. A bee sting can quickly put a damper on those carefree, barefoot days. We’ve put together this quick and simple list so you know what to do to treat a bee sting.
1. Stay calm and move to a different area.
After bees sting, they release a scent that attracts other bees. To avoid being stung again, calmly relocate to assess the sting site.
2. Remove the stinger as soon as you can.
Whether you pull it out with your fingers or scrape it out, try to remove the stinger soon to prevent additional venom from sinking in and intensifying the reaction.
3. Wash the stinger with soap and water.
You don’t have to be allergic to bees to develop a minor reaction. To soothe the sting site, and ensure the area is clean, wash it with soap and warm water.
4. Use a cold compress to reduce swelling.
Chill out with an ice pack and let the coolness soothe the sting site. Doing so will help subside some of the pain, while also reducing potential swelling.
5. Take an over-the-counter pain medication like acetaminophen or ibuprofen to help relieve pain.
If the cold compress isn’t making the cut, take some over-the-counter pain reliever to ease discomfort.
6. Avoid scratching the sting area.
The sting site will likely itch, but be careful not to scratch it as it will make the itching worse, increase swelling and increase your risk of infection.
If you are experiencing any signs or symptoms of a severe allergic reaction, please consult a doctor. These symptoms include but are not limited to itching or redness in places other than the sting site, hives all over the body and shortness of breath.