First aid: Bee sting treatment

In most Bee Sting cases, simple first aid at the time of the incident will be enough to handle common pain, redness and itching.

Bee Stings can cause minor discomfort and swelling as part of an allergic reaction to the stingers venom. In most cases, simple first aid treatment at the time of the incident will be enough to handle common pain, redness and itching. However, some individuals suffer severe allergic reactions to Bee venom and need immediate medical attention.

Stings from Bees or other insects usually occur due to accidental encounters with a nest or a crawling bee or wasp.


Follow these steps for Common Bee Sting reactions:

1. Remove Stinger. In some cases you won’t find the stinger at the place of the attack, but if you do, do not pull the stinger out with a tweezers or by pinching it with your fingertips! This will only cause more venom to enter the affected area. Flick the stinger off the skin with your fingernail or something stiff, like a credit card or knife.

2. Apply ice to limit the area of the venom and to reduce immediate symptoms like swelling.

3. Treatment Options:

Over the counter: Take an over- the- counter antihistamine like Benadryl or Ibuprofen for pain.

Home Remedies:

Apply Aloe Vera freshly cut from a plant

Rub the skin of a plantain over the area.

Calendula ointment applied 4 times a day may also help (available at natural foods stores.)

Make a paste of one-teaspoon meat tenderizer with one teaspoon of water and apply over the area.

Treat the swelling with Tea Tree Oil.

Take some Echinacea or a high dose of Vitamin C twice a day.

If your symptoms include rapid swelling in the face, difficulty breathing, wheezing or hoarseness, itching and severe cramping, dizziness, hives or loss of consciousness immediate professional medical attention is necessary. Anaphylactic shock is a serious reaction to stings, and may even affect persons who never had a severe reaction to stings before!

Prevent stings from occurring in the first place by following these simple outdoor rules.

1. Avoid brightly colored clothing, white or pastel shades.

2. Don’t use perfumed cosmetics or deodorants with floral scents.

3. Sweat may agitate bees or wasps, so wash up often when exercising or working out doors

4. Cover the food: If you are camping of picnicking make sure you cover foods to avoid attracting flying insects to your area.

5. Wear shoes: Always wear some kind of foot covering so that if you inadvertently step on a crawling bee or wasp you won’t get stung.

6. Don’t irritate. If you know of beehives in your area leave them alone. If the hives are in a high traffic area and you need to remove them, contact a local pest control professional, or purchase a spray from your local garden or home improvement center. Follow directions carefully.

If you are afraid you might be allergic to bee stings and want to take precautionary measures, you can ask your doctor to perform a simple skin test to check your vulnerability. These tests are not totally conclusive however but talk to your doctor if you are frequently faced with the potential for bee stings due to working outside or living in a highly infested area.

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