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As the weather gets warmer and more settled it is great to be able to spend more time outdoors, however it is also the time when sleepy insects are emerging and there is an increased likelihood that you could get stung.

Bee and wasp stings


First Aid for Stings

Bee stings – if someone is stung by a bee and the sting is still in the skin, quickly flick it out using your thumb nail or a credit card. Do not be tempted to squeeze the sting or to try and remove it with tweezers as this can introduce more of the allergen into the body and therefore increase any possible allergic reaction.

Wasps and other stinging insects do not leave the sting behind in the wound.

How to treat a bee sting

If the casualty has a local reaction, a wrapped ice pack applied to the area can quickly help to reduce the swelling. Piriton (Chlorphenramine antihistamine) is really effective at reducing the reaction to the bite, but should only be given with prior written parental authorisation. Please note it will take about 15 minutes for the Piriton to start working.

If the casualty shows any signs of a full body reaction to the sting and has any difficulty breathing, call an ambulance immediately and use their Adrenaline Auto-injector if they have one. Reassuring the casualty and positioning them appropriately can make a major difference to their recovery, they should also be kept warm and dry.

If the casualty is very short of breath following the bee sting, they should be encouraged to sit in an upright position to help their breathing. Get emergency help immediately.

If the casualty is not having difficulty breathing, but is pale, cold, clammy, feeling sick and thirsty – they should lie down with their legs raised to help increase the circulation to their vital organs. They should stay lying down even if they appear to recover, as sitting or standing them up could be dangerous. Encourage them to turn their head to one side if they are likely to vomit. They should be covered to keep them warm and kept in this position until the paramedics arrive.

It is highly recommended that you attend a practical or online First Aid course to learn how to help in a medical emergency

First Aid for life and provides this information for guidance and it is not in any way a substitute for medical advice. First Aid for Life is not responsible or liable for any diagnosis made, or actions taken based on this information.  The best way to be prepared for action in an emergency is to attend a practical First Aid course.

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