Do you know what to do if you get stung by an insect?



To reduce a potentially serious reaction, you must act quickly when it comes to insect stings.

After you get an insect sting, you want to start to remove the stinging insect or their stingers. In most cases, you can brush the insect away. When it comes to insects such as fire ants, you might need to pull them off your skin and check for other ants that might be on your skin—you need to get rid of all of them.

If you got stung by a bee and the bee left a stinger, you should scrap away the stinger and the attached venom sac with your fingernail. You should not try to pick it because doing so may squeeze more venom onto your skin.

If you have multiple stings on your head or neck, you should call your doctor right away.

If you carry an EpiPen, give yourself a shot. As soon as you give yourself a shot, you have to call 911 or have someone take you to the emergency room as soon as possible.

You should call 911 if you have the following symptoms: wheezing, trouble breathing, severe swelling, abdominal cramps, vomiting, dizziness, chest tightness, hoarseness, or blue lips.


Valley Occupational Medical Center



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