It’s that time of year again to be careful around wasps and bees. These insects can give you a nasty sting, and if you just happen to be allergic either always keep some Benadryl antihistamine around to counteract any adverse reactions fast.
If any of the symptoms after a bee or wasp sting include trouble breathing, being faint or feeling dizzy, hives and/or a swollen tongue, call 911 immediately. Safety first is always the best medicine.
- Remove the stinger — Use a tweezers or scrape it out with a fingernail
- Ice it — Use ice to control swelling. Elevate arms or legs if they were stung.
- Treat the sting — Take ibuprofen or acetaminophen if the sting is painful. Apply a baking soda paste or calamine lotion to the affected area. Take an antihistamine (Benadryl) for itching relief.
- Keep it clean — It may take several days before the area returns to normal, so wash it regularly and keep it clean to avoid infection.
If the site does not heal, it becomes inflamed or you have any doubts about the persons health and well being, call 911 or go to your local hospital emergency room.