With the warmer weather invading the northern hemisphere comes a different invasion: insects that sting. It is true. Bees and wasps have been spotted flying around the house. Usually, if one follows the old rule of ignore the creature and it will ignore you, humans and stinging insects can get along. However, things happen and every now and then people get stung.
For most of us, a sting is painful but eventually will heal on its own. Anyone who has a reaction or cannot breathe following a sting should seek immediate medical assistance.
The first thing to do following a sting is to remain calm. Too much movement will excite other insects in the area.
The second is to remove the stinger and the venom sack if it is intact. If the sting is on a limb, leave the limb lower than the heart to keep the venom from spreading.
Next, put an ice pack on the site for 15-20 minutes, rest for the same and repeat for a few hours.