If stung by a bee, immediately remove the stinger and venom sac, if attached, by scraping with a fingernail or a knife blade (yellow jackets, wasps, and hornets do not leave the stinger). Do not squeeze or grasp the stinger or venom sac, as squeezing will force more venom into the wound. Check for allergic reactions such as difficulty breathing, swelling of the face or mouth, or rapid pulse. Wash the sting site thoroughly with soap and water to lessen the chance of a secondary infection.
Relieve the itching and discomfort caused by insect bites by applying any of the following:
- Raw onion
- Cold compresses.
- A cooling paste of mud and ashes
- Vinegar, baking soda, and meat tenderizer
- Calamine lotion
- Hydrocortisone cream
- Sap from dandelions
- Lemon and alcohol
- Coconut meat
- Crushed cloves of garlic