How To Treat A Bee Sting

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Step 1: Remove the Stinger

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

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Step 2: Clean the Wound

Wash the sting with water to clean the area. Do not use soap as this may irritate the wound. You may also like to consider applying an antiseptic cream or antibacterial ointment to help prevent infection. This will also help to treat stings that have already become infected.

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Step 3: Place Ice on the Swollen Area

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.


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 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.

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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.

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Final Thoughts

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

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 provides ideas on bee sting treatment but 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 above should help ease your pain and discomfort.

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