Hornet stings abroad are painful and potentially dangerous but if you follow these steps any allergic reaction will be dealt with and the pain will be reduced. If the reaction from a hornet sting causes injury then you may be able to claim travel accident compensation and should consider contacting Accident Advice Helpline.
If the hornet’s stinger is still buried in the skin then the first step is to remove it with a flat, blunt object.
Avoid using tweezers because squeezing the stinger may cause more venom to be released. Try to act quickly but, if possible, sterilise any tool you are using.
If the sting is on one of your limbs then remove shoes, tight clothes and watches because swelling is likely to occur. To cut the swelling to a minimum keep the limb raised and lie down.
Keep a close watch for any allergic reaction below and if any occur immediately call the emergency services or use an Epipen if one is available. It isn’t worth taking the risk with a travel accident like this.
- Breathing difficulties
- Tight throat
- Speaking problems
- Loss of consciousness
- Increased heartbeat
Assuming there is no allergic reaction the next most important thing to do regardless of the treatment you use is to keep the area clean to avoid infection.
There are some natural ways to reduce the pain of a hornet sting accident, for any of these it is worth cleaning the area with soap and water to prevent the skin oils repelling the remedy.
- Make an ice pack and place on the sting area for around 10 minutes or until it gets too cold.
- Use vinegar, which is an acid and will neutralize the strong alkaline venom of the hornet.
- Toothpaste has also been recommended as a secondary option to cause the symptoms of the accident to subside.
As a last resort, honey may also offer some respite although this will probably be only a temporary solution.
Ice is probably your best bet but you can choose to take antihistamine such as Benadryl, an anaesthetic, a corticosteroid, hydro-cortisone cream or an acetaminophen like Tylenol.
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Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice