Weekly Health Tips
First aid for a bee sting involves cleansing the site, removing the stinger (if present), and applying cold packs to the affected area. Antihistamines may be taken to relieve burning and itching, and acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain. A tetanus booster is recommended if it has been longer than 10 years since your last one. Seek emergency care immediately if you experience tightness in your throat or chest, abnormal breathing, large areas of swelling or hives, fainting, dizziness, nausea or vomiting. If you know you are allergic to bee venom, you should carry an epinephrine injector with you at all times.