Treating Bee Stings


Bee stings happen fast. Simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time can result in being stung. If a bee stings you, or someone with you, it is important to stay as calm as possible and treat the situation. Move away from the area to keep from being stung again by another bee.

As soon as possible get the stinger out of the site. The sooner that happens the less intense the pain and swelling should be. The stinger is what releases the venom.

Sometimes the stinger is not left in the skin, you can tell by gently running a fingernail over the sting area. Do not squeeze or use tweezers or scissors to remove the stinger because that can cause more venom to be released.

Wash the sting area with soap and water. Apply ice to the area to reduce the swelling. An over-the-counter pain medication might help as well.  It might also help to elevate the area that has been stung. A hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion can help the pain and itching. An oral antihistamine might also help if the bee sting continues to bother you. Try not to scratch the area.

A mild bee sting reaction should subside within a few hours. A moderate reaction might last up to ten days. And a severe reaction – also call anaphylaxis) can be life-threatening.

Go to the emergency room or call 911 immediately if the swelling spreads or if there is trouble breathing, swelling of throat and tongue, dizziness, rapid pulse, nausea, or hives.

Consult with Dr. Aboutalebi at Northstar Dermatology for affected areas.

Dr. Aboutalebi has been recognized continually as one of Fort Worth’s Top Doctors and has received the Patient’s Choice Award for several years. You can rest assured that your skin is in the right hands. Call today to schedule your skin exam at Northstar Dermatology.