Stinging Insects

January 21, 2018 at 3:45 PM

Many insects such as bees and wasps may sting when agitated or in defence of their nest or territories.

While wasps can sting repeatedly the stinger of a honey bee detaches from its body and can remain embedded in the skin, and continues to inject venom.

  • If a stinger is presnt in the skin, remove it as quickly as possible taking care not to squeeze the end of the stinger.
  • Local pain, redness, swelling, and itching generally occur at the sting site.
  • In general, care for bites and stings by washing the site with soap and water.
  • As a precaution for swelling, always remove jewelry from the affected area.
  • Cover the area with an adhensive bandage or a pad.
  • Use local cooling to help reduce swelling and pain.


It is possible for a life-treatening allergic reaction to develop. Monitor for at least 30 minutes to see if the condition worsens.

If you think someone is developing a severe allegic reaction immediately call 111. If the person affected has an epinephrine auto-injector available, assist the person in using it.


Category: First Aid