Bee Sting Treatment

Have you ever been stung by a bee? I am sure that many of you visiting this site have indeed just suffered a bee sting and are looking for information and treatment. The good news is you have come to the right place. This site will not only give you ideas on bee sting treatment but will also give you information on how to avoid getting stung in the future. The basic remedies and cures for stings and insect bites are essentially the same. Following the instructions below should help ease the pain/discomfort caused by bee stings.

5 Steps To Treat a Bee Sting

Step 1: Remove The Stinger

The first thing you need to do is remove the stinger. Unlike a wasp, the bee leaves it's barbed stinger in your skin. This actually leads to it's death as part of its abdomen is pulled apart in the process. The quicker you remove the stinger the more effective further treatment will be, as while it is in your skin it continues to release venom. Remove the stinger by scraping it out with the back of your fingernail or a credit card.

Bee stinging finger Stinger left in finger

Step 2: Clean The Bee Sting

Wash the sting or insect bite with water to clean the area. You may also like to consider applying an antiseptic cream or antibacterial ointment to help prevent the wound from becoming infected. This will help to treat stings that have already become infected.

Bee sting swelling Birds eye view of sting

Step 3: Ice, Ice Baby

Next place ice on the wound. Ice reduces the blood flow to the area which will help to treat and reduce the swelling. Ice will also numb the area which will help to reduce the pain. Wrap the ice in a tea-towel or something similar so as to protect your skin from freezing.

Ice close up shot

Step 4: Apply An Antihistamine

Apply an antihistamine cream such as Benadryl to the sore area. Our immune system's response is one of the reasons why bee stings are so uncomfortable. When we experience a bee sting or wasp sting our body reacts against the venom by producing a protein call histamine. Histamine is a helpful protein that causes blood vessels to expand therefore allowing more antibodies to flood into an infected area. But in the case of a bee sting the response can be over the top and lead to excessive swelling and skin irritation. An antihistamine helps by blocking this process and will reduce swelling and irritation.

Antihistamine diagram

Step 5: Kill The Pain

Take an anti-inflammatory pain killer like ibuprofen. As mentioned above the venom injected by the bee will cause inflammation of the infected area. An anti-inflammatory drug works on inhibiting the physiological processes that cause inflammation when part of the body gets injured. This is probably the most effective treatment for reducing the pain.

Red pain killers

Final Thoughts

Most bee stings or insect bites will not require any more treatment than the above. By following these simple steps pain should be significantly reduced. Stings and bites will cause itching and swelling that may persist for about a week. You should try and avoid scratching the area as this may irritate the wound further.

Still not convinced?

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Prevention is better than the cure. Look at how to avoid getting stung by a bee.

Warning: If you are allergic to bee stings or wasp stings or feel you are having an allergic reaction then seek immediate medical advice by calling the emergency services. Bee stings can lead to anaphylactic shock.