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First Aid For Bee & Wasp Stings

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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.
 
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