A bee sting can be more than just a painful infliction. A bee sting can produce a serious allergic reaction and can in some cases even have fatal consequences. With our handy guide, you can successfully treat bee stings, here’s how:
Removing the stinger
The first thing to do is to remove the stinger. If you have access to tweezers, pull the stinger sharply out of the wound. If you do not have access to tweezers, then try and scratch the stinger out with your fingernail. It’s important to avoid pinching the stinger, as this can inject more venom into the wound.
Controlling the swelling
It’s important to control the swelling that arises as the result of a bee sting. Place an ice pack or cold compress on the affected area. If you have been stung in the arm or leg, try and keep it in an elevated position to reduce the blood flow to the affected area. If you are wearing any tight-fitting jewellery, remove as soon as possible, as it may become uncomfortable and difficult to remove as the swelling worsens.
In order to treat the pain, take an over-the-counter painkiller such as ibuprofen or paracetemol. It may take up to five days for the swelling and pain to completely subside. If you feel an itching sensation, take an antihistamine.
If you notice that you are feeling nauseous or having difficulty breathing, you may have developed an allergic reaction. It’s important to seek medical attention as soon possible.
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Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice