BEE & WASP STINGS
1 Remove any stingers immediately.
2 Applying ice to the site for 20 minutes once every hour as needed may provide some mild relief. Wrap the ice in a towel or keep a cloth between the ice and skin to keep from freezing the skin.
3 Taking an antihistamine such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl) or a nonsedating one such as loratadine (Claritin) will help with itching and swelling.
4 Take ibuprofen (Motrin) or acetaminophen (Tylenol) for pain relief as needed.
5 Wash the sting site with soap and water. Placing hydrocortisone cream on the sting can help relieve redness, itching, and swelling.
6 If it’s been more than 10 years since your last tetanus booster, get a booster within the next few days.
If someone has a severe allergic reaction such as low blood pressure, swelling blocking air getting into the lungs, or other serious problems breathing, they have a true life-threatening emergency. (See Allergic Reaction (Anaphylaxis))
Although about 2,000 species of scorpions exist, only about 25-40 species can deliver enough venom to cause serious or lethal damage to humans. In most scorpion stings of adults, treatment is simply supportive and can be done at home.
A thick tongue
Roving eye movements
These symptoms constitute a medical emergency.
1 Call 9-1-1 to activate EMS.
2 Continuously apply ice to the sting area.
3 If there is no danger to other people, carefully collecting a dead or injured scorpion into a sealed container to show to the physician may be helpful.
Disclaimer: The Emergency Guide is provided as a reference only. Every effort has been taken to acquire and publish accurate information provided by medical authorities. In case of emergency, always call or have someone CALL 9-1-1.