If you’re stung by a bee, wasp, or hornet:
- If available, have someone stay with you to be sure that you do not have an allergic reaction.
- Wash the site with soap and water.
- Remove the stinger using gauze wiped over the area, or by scraping a fingernail over the area. Never squeeze the stinger or use tweezers.
- Apply ice to reduce swelling.
- Do not scratch the sting as this may increase swelling, itching, and risk of infection.