First aid

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - NIE -

Bees usu­ally leave their barbed st­ing in the skin and then die. Re­move the st­ing quickly to limit the amount of venom in­jected. Use a hard sur­face such as the edge of a credit card or fin­ger­nail to flick out the barb. Wash the af­fected area with soap and water and dry the area gen­tly. For a mi­nor re­ac­tion such as pain and lo­cal swelling, a cold pack may help re­lieve these symp­toms. If a bee stings you around your neck or you find it dif­fi­cult to breathe, or ex­pe­ri­ence any wheez­ing, dizzi­ness or light-head­ed­ness, seek med­i­cal ad­vice ur­gently.

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