How To Treat A Wasp Sting
Everyone should know how to treat a wasp sting. You never know when you or someone you are with could be stung by a wasp. It is important to know how to treat a wasp sting ahead of time so you can react to the situation quickly. If you or someone you are with is stung by a wasp, follow these instructions for how to treat a wasp sting.
To treat a wasp sting, you will need:
- Wash cloth
- Remove the stinger. The first thing to do when treating a wasp sting is to remove the stinger. This can be done by using your fingers or a pair of tweezers to pull the stinger out of the skin. When doing this, you need to be careful not to break the stinger's venom sac which is located at the end of the stinger because more venom will be released.
- Clean the skin. After removing the stinger, clean the skin with soap and water. This is an important step in treating a wasp sting because it will help prevent infection.
- Place ice on the affected area. Ice wrapped in a wash cloth should be placed on the skin for ten minutes. After ten minutes, the ice should be removed from the skin for ten minutes before it is put back on the skin. If the person has blood flow issues, the ice should be kept on the skin for shorter amounts of time.
- Take Benadryl. Benadryl is taken orally to treat a wasp sting because it is an antihistamine that will relieve itching and pain. Besides pill form, Benadryl is available in cream, gel or spray form.
If the person who was stung has severe swelling or has trouble breathing, he/she should be seek medical attention. If someone knows he/she is allergic to wasp stings, he/she always need to carry a bee sting kit with them.