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How do I care for someone with an insect sting?

If someone is stung by an insect:
  • Remove any visible stinger. Scrape it away from the skin with a clean fingernail or a plastic card, such as a credit card, or use tweezers. In the case of a bee sting, if you use tweezers, grasp the stinger, not the venom sac.

  • Wash the site with soap and water.
  • Cover the site and keep it clean.
  • Apply a cold pack to the area to reduce pain and swelling.

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