Treating bee stings depends on severity. People who are allergic or people who have received multiple stings should seek immediate emergency care. However, if you are not allergic, and have not received multiple stings, you can do the following to relieve pain and swelling:
- Remove the stinger as soon as possible, in any way that you can ( using tweezers or your fingernails are some ways that you can)
- Wash the area with soap and water
- Apply ice or cold compress to reduce swelling
- Take an over-the-counter pain reliever as instructed
- Apply hydrocortisone cream, calamine lotion or take oral antihistamines to relieve itching or swelling
If you have a severe reaction to a bee sting, go to the nearest hospital Emergency Room or call 911.
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