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If you're stung

If you are stung by a wasp, hornet or yellowjacket...
  • Wash the wound carefully with soap and water. This will help remove the venom.
  • Apply cold water or ice in a wet cloth, or a paste of meat tenderizer with water.
  • Take a pain reliever or an oral antihistamine to reduce swelling.
  • Apply a calamine product to reduce itching.
  • Lie down.
  • Lower the stung arm or leg below the heart.
  • Do not drink alcohol or take sedatives.

If the sting is to the throat or the mouth, seek medical attention immediately. Swelling in these areas can cause suffocation.

Signs that you may be allergic:
  • Severe swelling in parts of the body distant from the sting site.
  • Widespread skin irritation.
  • Constriction in throat and chest/difficulty breathing.
  • Dizziness or fainting.

If you experience any of the above symptoms after a sting, contact a physician immediately!

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