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.
- 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.