How to Treat a Bee Sting in 3 Easy Steps

A bee sting usually leaves you with a swelling and (un)bearable itchiness. Here are the 3 steps you should follow in order to treat a bee sting and get rid of the swelling it may cause.

Getting bitten by a bee might be a bit unpleasant and even painful, but luckily you can treat it in minutes. The only important thing is to act immediately and make sure you’ve removed the stinger and stopped the venom from spreading.

A typical reaction to a bee sting includes redness, a little swelling and bearable itchiness. How ever, it shouldn’t be mixed with an allergic reaction.

If someone is allergic to bee stings, their reaction may include severe swelling, unbearable itchiness, and even difficulty breathing or swallowing.

This kind of reaction requires a professional, so it’s important that they seek medical services.

Typical bee sting symptoms can be easily treated. This is what you should do:

1. Remove the Stinger

When a honeybee bites, it usually leaves its stinger behind. Use tweezers to remove the stinger from the skin. The stinger is attached to the bee’s venom sac, so be careful not to squeeze the venom sac, since this will release even more venom.

2. Wash the Area

Wash the area using water and a mild soap. Rinse well with cold water. You could also use some baking soda – it helps neutralize the venom.

After cleaning the swelling, grab some ice and apply it to the swollen area. Ice will help cool it down, so it won’t hurt as much and it will keep the swelling under control.

3. Relieve the Pain

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After treating the bite, use Ibuprofen to help relieve the pain. If the swollen area itches, use an antihistamine or calamine lotion to help soothe the area.

Topical steroids relieve the itch – applying Cortaid or Dermolate to the bite might help. If you don’t have any of these, applying ice to the swelling should help, too.

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