Act fast with stings

2017-01-25 06:02

  • Although some insect stings require no additional medical care, it is always useful to know how to treat bee and wasp stings at home: Remove any stingers immediately. Some experts recommend scraping out the stinger with a credit card.
  • Applying ice to the site may provide some mild relief. Apply ice for 20 minutes once every hour as needed. Wrap the ice in a towel or keep a cloth between the ice and skin to keep the skin from freezing.
  • Taking an antihistamine such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl) or a nonsedating one such as loratadine (Claritin) will help with itching and swelling.
  • Take ibuprofen (Motrin) or acetaminophen (Tylenol) for pain relief as needed.
  • Wash the sting site with soap and water. Placing hydrocortisone cream on the sting can help relieve redness, itching and swelling.
  • If it is been more than ten years since your last tetanus booster, get a booster within the next few days.

Source: WebMD, Google

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