Outdoor activities are a summer staple, but there’s one thing that can really ruin the fun – insect stings! Wasps, hornets, and bees are commonly found here in Atlanta, and their stings are no joke. Learn what to do if you get stung with these first aid tips for stings, and call Progressive Pest Control today if you need help with a nest on your property.
First Aid for Insect Stings
- First and foremost, get out of the area where you were stung to avoid getting stung again. The insect that stung you may have “backup” on the way!
- If you were stung by a bee, you’ll need to remove the stinger. DO NOT use tweezers to remove it; squeezing it can empty more venom into the wound. Simply running your fingernail or a piece of gauze over the stinger will usually dislodge it.
- Gently wash the area with mild, unscented soap and water.
- Use a clean, soft cloth to create a cold compress with ice or cold water. If the sting is on an extremity, elevate the arm or leg while applying the compress.
- Take an oral antihistamine to counteract the effects of the venom, and apply a topical treatment like hydro-cortisone cream or calamine lotion.
Usually the effects of a sting will go away in a day or two, but if you’re concerned, definitely contact your doctor or emergency services. If an insect sting causes any of the following, seek medical care immediately:
- Difficulty breathing
- Swelling of the throat, lips, or eyelids
- Dizziness or nausea
- Rapid heartbeat
Don’t let bee, hornet, or wasp stings ruin your outdoor activities; give us a call for pest control in Northeast Atlanta from the trained experts at Progressive Pest Control.