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How to help Bee and Wasp stings

Bees and Wasps can be a large nuisance during the summer time. Always do your best to avoid these flying insects but if you are stung, here are things to help ease the pain.
  • After being stung, try your best to remove the stinger from the contact spot.
  • Clean the stung area with soap and water.
  • Consider using an antiperspirant on the area to help ease the pain of the venom. The chemical Aluminum Chlorohydrate inside the antiperspirant helps reduce the effects of the venom.
  • To help prevent the reaction of the sting on the skin from spreading, take an antihistamine such as Benadryl.
  • Certain lotions such as calamine lotion can also be helpful for the infected areas.
  • To reduce inflammation, apply ice for 10 to 30 minutes.
Seek medical attention if severe swelling occurs or if the swelling does not go away. If any allergic side effects are noticeable, take immediate action.
Always consult your doctor before taking any medication and be sure that you are not allergic to any creams, lotions or sprays you may use.

Bee and Wasp Advice

  • Do not disturb bees or interfere with wasp nests.
  • Old wasp nests are not re-used the following year (although a new nest may be established next to an old nest).
  • Wasps will sting when threatened or disturbed.
  • If a bee stings you, scratch rather than pull the sting out.
  • Do not panic and wave your arms in the presence of bees or wasps. Try to stand quietly and once they discover you are neither food nor flower they should move away.
  • If you react badly to bee or wasp stings, seek immediate medical advice.
  • Only honeybees swarm. Bumble bees, solitary bees and wasps do not.
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Editor: Ryan Cranston

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