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Bees, wasps & ants

A bee, wasp or ant sting can cause pain and/or swelling. Some people may have an allergic reaction to the sting, which may causing a rash, vomiting, collapse or difficulty in breathing. Seek medical attention straight away if an allergic reaction occurs.


First Aid:

  • Remove the sting by pulling it out or scraping it away; you may need tweezers, a credit card or something firm.
  • Wash the area with water and keep the area clean and dry.
  • Apply ice or cool running water to reduce swelling and relieve pain (do NOT apply ice to the eye).
  • Seek medical attention straight away if any reaction occurs 
  • If a person has been stung more than five times, seek medical attention.
  • If the person collapses or stops breathing, call 000 and start resuscitation.