#BrownEmergencyHealthTip from Dr. Rybasack: Bee Sting

Summer weather and outdoor activities put us into contact with all kinds of creatures…including bees! Unless you have a severe allergy, most stings can be treated safely at home. Here’s what to do if you or a loved one is stung by a bee or wasp.

-Apply a cool compress or ice pack

-If stinger is visible, remove by scraping with a clean fingernail or credit card- squeezing with tweezers can release more venom

-Try over the counter acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain

-If the sting is itchy, or the area becomes large and painful, a dose of diphenhydramine (Benadryl) or over the counter allergy medication like Zyrtec/Claritin may help

If you notice trouble breathing, vomiting, throat tightness, lip or tongue swelling or if you develop a widespread rash, seek medical attention IMMEDIATELY.

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