First aid tips for bee stings
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.