These Tips Can Help

If someone recieves a large number of bee stings, if the stings are in the mouth or throat, or if a person experiences shortness of breath or throat swelling after any insect bite or sting, call 911 for emergency assistance. Otherwise, follow these suggestions:

  • Quickly remove any part of a bee stinger left in the skin.
  • Cleanse the area with soap and water.
  • In case of a tick bite, use caution when removing the tick from under the skin so that no part of the tick body is left there.
  • Apply ice to the area to releive pain.
  • Over-the-counter pain releivers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen can be used.
  • Seek medical care if pain, redness or swelling worsens.

Source: Journal of the American Medical Assosiation