First Aid For Bee & Wasp Stings

Tuesday, May 25, 2010
As summers have arrived wasps, sting bees, hornets have also appeared. But they showed their real presence to me by biting at my ankle this evening. I was thinking to write about them but this bite has urged me to do it immediately.

What are the Symptoms?
  • Local Pain, Redness, Swelling & Mild Itching are the common symptoms.
  • The Alarming ones include Generalized Body Swelling, Fainting, Difficulty in Breathing, Severe Itching & if bitten more than 10 times. If you suffer from any of them or have suffered in the past, then you should urgently seek medical attention.

What is the First Aid / Home Treatment?
  • First get yourself away from the bees.
  • If there is any part of the bee left on your skin, remove it.
  • Wash the area with soap & get it cleaned.
  • Apply Calamine lotion, which is an easily available over the counter medicine and very effective for bites, heat rash, burns & itching.
  • Cold compresses with ice packs also provide a very soothing effect.
  • Pain killer such ibuprofen or acetaminophen are an effective solution for reducing pain & swelling.