Treating bee and wasp stings will depend on the severity. Luckily, only severe stings or allergic reactions require you to get Urgent Care Services.
If you recently got stung by either of these pesky bugs, here’s what you should do:
- Remove the stingers.
Bee and wasp stingers usually release venom for several seconds. This can lead to a lot of pain and irritation. Try scraping out the stinger with a credit card.
- Apply ice.
Wrap ice cubes or use an ice bag to help soothe the pain. Do this for 20 minutes each hour or as needed.
- Take antihistamines.
Taking antihistamines, such as Claritin and Benadryl, can help with the itching and swelling. You can visit our Medical Clinic or a local pharmacy to get some of these.
- Clean it.
Wash the sting site with clean water and mild soap. You can also spread some hydrocortisone cream on the sting to help relieve redness, itching, and swelling.
- Get vaccinated.
If it’s been more than 10 years since your tetanus shot, go get a booster at our Walk in Clinic in California.