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Bee Sting of Upper Arm
Bee Sting of Left Hand
First Aid - Removing a Stinger
Honeybee Collecting Pollen
First Aid - Shock
First Aid Advice for Anaphylaxis - Epinephrine and Antihistamine (pending EMS arrival)
First Aid Advice for Anaphylactic Shock
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|HOME CARE ADVICE FOR BEE OR YELLOW JACKET STING|
- Try to Remove the Stinger (if present):
- Only honey bees leave a stinger.
- Use a fingernail or credit card edge to scrape it off.
- If the stinger is below the skin surface, leave it alone. Â It will be shed with normal skin healing.
- Meat Tenderizer:
- Apply a meat tenderizer-water solution on a cotton ball for 20 minutes (EXCEPTION: near the eye). This may neutralize the venom and decrease pain and swelling.
- If not available, apply aluminum-based deodorant or a baking soda solution for 20 minutes.
- For persistent pain, massage with an ice cube for 10 minutes.
- Pain Medicine: Give acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol) or ibuprofen immediately for relief of pain and burning.
- Antihistamine: If the sting becomes itchy, give a dose of Benadryl.
- Hydrocortisone Cream: For itching or swelling, apply 1% hydrocortisone cream over-the-counter to the sting area 3 times per day.
- Expected Course: Severe pain or burning at the site lasts 1 to 2 hours. Normal swelling from venom can increase for 24 hours following the sting. The redness can last 3 days and the swelling 7 days.
- Call Your Doctor If:
- Develops difficulty breathing or swallowing (mainly during the 2 hours after the sting) (call 911)
- Redness lasts over 3 days
- Swelling becomes huge or spreads beyond the wrist or ankle
- Sting begins to look infected
- Your child becomes worse
And remember, contact your doctor if your child develops any of the "Call Your Doctor" symptoms.
Disclaimer: This information is not intended be a substitute for professional medical advice. It is provided for educational purposes only. You assume full responsibility for how you choose to use this information.
Author and Senior Reviewer: Barton D. Schmitt, M.D.
Last Reviewed: 1/19/2009
Last Revised: 5/31/2009
Content Set: Pediatric HouseCalls Online
Copyright 1994-2009 Barton D. Schmitt, M.D.