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Learn how to deal with medical situations appropriately with these Howcast videos, which cover everything from appendicitis symptoms to asthma attacks.
You Will Need
- An ice pack
- A damp cloth or towel
- Hydrocortisone cream, calamine lotion, or baking soda
- An antihistamine
- An object with a flat edge, such as a credit card or knife (optional)
Relocate to an area free from insects (so you won't get bitten or stung again!).
Scratch stinger off
If there is a stinger, scratch or flick it off by using the flat edge of something like a credit card or the back of a knife blade.
Wash the area with soap and water.
Apply ice pack
Apply an ice pack to reduce swelling and discomfort. Be careful to ice in increments no longer than 20 minutes and allow at least 45 minutes between applications.
Apply cream & lotion
Ease the symptoms by applying hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion according to product directions, or apply a paste made from 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water multiple times a day.
Take an antihistamine containing diphenhydramine or chlorpheniramine maleate according to product directions.