A bee usually leaves behind a sac of venom and a stinger. Removing it immediately stops more venom from entering. Cleansing the site wards off infection. Keep the area clean during the healing process, which may take up to five days.
Warning: Do not pinch or pull the stinger; this can inject more venom.
What You Need
- Ice cube
- Warm water
Preparation And Use
1As quickly as possible, remove the stinger by gently scraping it off with your fingernail, a credit card, or another stiff object.
2Grasp an ice cube and rub it briskly over the stung area for a full minute.
3Wash with warm water and soap.
4If you’re stung on the arm, remove rings and bracelets before swelling occurs.