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I’ve Been Stung By a Bee/Wasp, What Do I Do Now?

If you suspect you’re allergic to bee or wasp stings, or you’ve had a bad reaction in the past, go to a doctor. With each subsequent allergic reaction, the effect can worsen, and you’re better off safe than sorry.

If you notice difficulty breathing, hives (an itchy red rash), excessive swelling, wheezing, or a racing pulse, you may be having a severe reaction. Go to the hospital immediately for professional bee or wasp sting treatment.

If you do not require immediate medical attention, here are steps for treating bee stings and wasp stings at home:

1) If you’ve been stung by a bee, remove the stinger. It can continue to pump venom for several minutes. If you can’t find a stinger, don’t worry, it didn’t get lost, you’ve likely been stung by a wasp. Wasps don’t leave stingers. Click here to learn more about the differences between bees and wasps.

2) Wash the sting site and clean away dirt or blood.

3) Take ibuprofen, acetaminophen or a mild pain killer to relieve the sting.

4) Ice the sting; it constricts the blood vessels, numbing the pain. Reapply when symptoms return.

Here are some alternate home remedies you may try for treating bee stings and wasp stings. Some work better than others, or not at all, depending on the person.

  • Toothpaste
  • A paste made with baking soda, vinegar or meat tenderizer
  • Calamine lotion with analgesic
  • Honey
  • Deodorant

If you suspect your bee or wasp sting is the result of a bee or wasp nest in or around your home, Magical Pest Control will be happy to provide a free quote and bee or wasp removal consultation. Call us at or contact us online.

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