Health Tip: Dealing With a Bee Sting

(HealthDay News) -- Most bee stings involve less-than-severe allergic reactions that don't require emergency medical care.

To treat most bee stings, the Mayo Clinic advises:

  • Use tweezers to remove the stinger from the skin as quickly as you can. The faster it's removed, the less venom is likely to enter the body.
  • Use soap and water to gently cleanse the area.
  • Sooth swelling and pain with a cold compress or ice pack.
  • If the area is swollen, itchy or red, apply calamine lotion.
  • Take an antihistamine containing diphenhydramine or chlorpheniramine if the itching or swelling is uncomfortable.
  • Don't scratch the affected area. Doing so can lead to an infection.

-- Diana Kohnle

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