5 Bee and Wasp Sting Emergency Hacks That Can Save Your Life


Summer is the time when insects are on the loose, and their bites can be extremely dangerous for your health.

To make sure you stay safe, we at Bright Side decided to tell you about 5 vitally important measures to be taken if you have been stung.

5. Call an ambulance immediately

You are in need of immediate medical attention if you are prone to allergic reactions or if you have one of these symptoms after the bite:

  • Dizziness
  • Swollen tongue
  • Skin eruption
  • Labored breathing

4. Remove the sting

Bees leave their sting behind after they bite. It can be extracted with a pair of tweezers or your fingernails or scraped off with a flat object such as a credit card. Don’t forget to wash the bite prior to these operations. Remember to act with the utmost care, and don’t squeeze the visible part of the sting to prevent more venom from getting inside your body.

3. Make a cold compress

Inflammation and swelling after a bite are inevitable, but they can be minimized by applying something cold to the affected area. The best choice would be some ice wrapped in a piece of cloth, but if that’s not an option, you can use any metal object.

2. Treat the bite area

Start by washing the bite with soap solution, then apply a thin layer of resolvent. Alternatively, you can prepare a thick compound of baking soda and water. Honey or toothpaste will also do perfectly. Apply one of the remedies to the bite, and cover it with a piece of cloth or gauze. Leave the honey for an hour and the toothpaste for 20-30 minutes, and then wash them off.

1. Take medicine

Analgesics and antihistamines are necessary for relieving discomfort and reducing an allergic reaction. However, any medicine should be taken only in strict accordance with the instructions, and analgesics should not be given to young children.

Illustrator: Ekaterina Gapanovich for BrightSide.me

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