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Treat Bee Sting

First Aid treatment guide for bee and poisonous stinging insects.


Patient Care; Bee Insect Stings

  • STOP - Assess and observe the scene; Is the venomous creature nearby?

  • THINK - Consider your safety and form action plan; Can it reach me or the patient?

  • ACT - Check responsiveness and Alert EMS as appropriate


  • Perform a primary assessment and monitor the patient's Cycle of Care AB-CABS

  • If the patient shows signs of severe allergic reaction, treat appropriately

  • Once EMS has been contacted, obtain and follow local medical control directions for field treatment prior to their arrival; Keep the patient still and at rest

  • If the sting is still embedded, scrape it sideways from the skin; Avoid pinching or squeezing the venom sac

  • Depending on the directions from EMS

  • After the nematocysts are removed or deactivated, treat pain with hot-water immersion when possible

  • clean the bite area with soap and water or rubbing alcohol

  • apply a cold compress to the area and elevate, or apply pressure immobilization

  • Transport the patient to the nearest medical facility