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How do you treat a bee sting if you aren't severely allergic?

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Cool the hurt area with ice off and on (10 minutes on, 10 minutes off). Use a towel. Don’t put ice directly on your skin and don’t use heat.

Raise the area of the sting to reduce swelling.

Take an antihistamine and use a hydrocortisone cream to ease swelling and itching.

From: A Bee Stung Me. Am I Allergic? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

North Carolina State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences: “Beekeeping.”

University of Oklahoma Police Department: “Oklahoma’s Perilous Partners.”

American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: “How Can I Avoid Insect Stings?”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 29, 2017

SOURCES:

North Carolina State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences: “Beekeeping.”

University of Oklahoma Police Department: “Oklahoma’s Perilous Partners.”

American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: “How Can I Avoid Insect Stings?”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 29, 2017

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