ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Pets and Animals»
  • Farm Animals & Livestock

Treating Bee and Wasp Stings

Updated on July 19, 2010

 I have had the luck of avoiding any type of sting, from any type of bee out there. Be it a regular bee, wasp, hornet you name it. Nothing in 11 years. But of course I had the misfortune today of getting stung. At first it didn't register with me what had caused the terrible pain that made me jump off the porch steps. But once I calmed down and realized it, I immediately tried to find the culprit. Looking as best I could, I found the sting on the lower right side of my back. Red, swollen and gross. I had been stung by a wasp (I later learned what it was)

I ran back into my mother's house and told her what had happened. She, of course, laughed at me. I, of course, was semi freaking out. So I came home with a quickness and looked up what to do in the event this should ever happen to me again.

And hopefully I can go another 10+ years without it happening!

What you should know from the start

 If you have never had a sting then you are lucky in some ways. In others, not so much. You should know right away that if you are allergic in anyway to a bee, wasp, or hornet sting (or any other type of bee's) that you should get medical attention as soon as possible.

The treatment of a sting can depend on the severity of your condition. Many of the complications arising from a sting can be countered pretty quickly if medical attention is given in a applicable time frame.

What to do in case you are stung.

 Here are some tips to apply when you get stung.

  • Remove the stingers (if there are any) immediately.
  • Apply ice. It will apply some relief to the sting site. Apply ice for 20 minutes once every hour as needed. Place a cloth between the ice and your skin to avoid the freezing of the skin.
  • Take an antihistamine such as Benadryl, or something that won't make you drowsy such as Claritin.
  • Take Ibuprofen or Tylenol for pain as needed.
  • Wash the sting off with soap and water. Then proceed to place some sort of antibiotic ointment on the sting site.
  • If it has been ten or more years since your last tetanus booster immunization shot you may want to consider getting one soon.

Warning...when removing the stinger...

 *Never use tweezers to remove a stinger from your body. This could cause you to release more poison into your body from the stinger. *


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Sunnyglitter profile image

      Sunnyglitter 7 years ago from Cyberspace

      I am TERRIFIED of bees and wasps! I hope I never need these tips!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: ""

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)