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.