What you should do if you get stung by a wasp or bee

We have had a wasp nest outside our house all summer, and I avoided doing anything about it as they weren’t bothering us and I don’t like killing any animals for no reason... but now I wish I had! I got bitten by three of them (they literally went for me!) and I ended up in A & E 24 hours later as they had become infected and so inflamed!
So what should you do if you are stung? I had no idea and did nothing, but according to the NHS website here is what you should do: 
  • Remove the sting if it's still in the skin. 
  • Wash the affected area with soap and water. 
  • Apply a cold compress (such as a flannel or cloth cooled with cold water) or an ice pack to any swelling for at least 10 minutes. 
  • Raise or elevate the affected area if possible, as this can help reduce swelling. 
  • Avoid scratching the area, to reduce the risk of infection. 
  • Avoid traditional home remedies, such as vinegar and bicarbonate of soda, as they're unlikely to help.

If your discomfort from the sting persists, then you could try the following:

  • For pain or discomfort – take over-the-counter painkillers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen (children under 16 years of age shouldn't be given aspirin).
  • For itching – ask your pharmacist about over-the-counter treatments, including crotamiton cream or lotion, hydrocortisone cream or ointment and antihistamine tablets.
  • For swelling – try regularly applying a cold compress or ice pack to the affected area, or ask your pharmacist about treatments such as antihistamine tablets.
Hope that might help a bit of you are unlucky enough to get stung! 

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