First aid tips for bee stings

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

As peo­ple spend more time out­side in their gar­dens and/or ven­tur­ing fur­ther into the great out­doors, St John has some timely first aid tips for bee stings.

Re­move the sting quickly – within sec­onds if pos­si­ble. The speed of re­moval is more im­por­tant than the method of re­moval.

Call 111 for an am­bu­lance im­me­di­ately if the pa­tient is known to have life-threat­en­ing al­lergy to stings. As­sist them to take pre­scribed med­i­ca­tion.

Ap­ply an ice pack to the sting area for 10 to 20 min­utes if pain is se­vere. This may be re­peated if pain per­sists.

Call 111 for an am­bu­lance if the pa­tient shows any of the fol­low­ing: dif­fi­culty breath­ing; faint­ing; red rash all over their body; or swelling of the face or mouth.

For more first aid tips and to en­rol in a first aid course go to www. st john.org.nz.

For free health ad­vice from a reg­is­tered nurse, 24/7 call the Health­line num­ber on 0800 611 116.

STINGING START: St John of­fers ad­vice on how to deal with a bee sting.

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