Treating Bee Stings

Do you have a bee sting?

If you only have a sting site reaction , a cold compress or an ice pack should be enough treatment.

For pain, take aspirin or acetaminophen. Don’t give aspirin to a child under age 19 because of the risk of Reye’s syndrome, which affects the liver and brain.

Try diphenhydramine or another nonprescription antihistamine that can calm the itch. Or you can use an over-the-counter steroid cream.

Although most people do not experience severe reactions to bee stings, it’s a good idea to keep an eye on anyone who has been stung in case they develop more serious symptoms.

If you notice any signs of an allergic reaction, or if you or someone you know has been stung multiple times – particularly if he or she is a child – Call 911 and seek medical attention immediately.


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