Removing a bee stinger is quite risky. Realize that a bee stinger is barbed. It can cling to the inside of your skin. If you pull it out carelessly, it can readily trigger an excruciating pain, especially when the stinger’s venom sack is still left inside your skin. The affected part of your skin is going to swell. It is also going to turn reddish and itchy. If your skin’s reaction is severe, expect the swelling to persist. It may even last for at least a week. And if you are allergic to its venom, death becomes inevitable. Here are some measures for you to take:
- Determine if medical help is required. Do you experience any breathing problem? Is your blood pressure dropping? Then, you are having an anaphylactic reaction. Promptly seek medical assistance. The bee stinger has to be removed from your skin as soon as possible. Don’t waste time.
- Assess the affected skin area. Look at it closely. Find out if the bee stinger is embedded deeply. Check out if it is still intact or if it has already broken off. Removing the bee stinger highly depends on its current condition.
- Scrape off the bee stinger if it is broken. Inspect if only a portion of it is left embedded into your skin. If that is the case, consider pinching both sides of the affected skin area. That should allow the bee stinger to rise up to the surface – even just for a bit. Repeat pinching your skin until you can easily pluck out the bee stinger. Scrape it off carefully and slowly.
- Rely on some tools and techniques in taking the bee stinger out. The most common approach is by tweaking it out using your fingernail. Plan out your move or maneuver before you try it out. You don’t want to leave a portion of the bee stinger after your attempt. If your fingernail doesn’t solve your problem, you can rely on a plastic card. Make sure that it is hard enough to force out the bee stinger. Push it following a horizontal direction. If the plastic card doesn’t do the trick, your next resort is a pair of tweezers. It should allow you to easily pull the bee stinger out of your skin. Now, whether you use your fingernail, your plastic card, or your pair of tweezers, make sure that they are all clean. It is best if you can sterilize or disinfect your pair of tweezers before using it. Like any other metallic object, you can sterilize it by boiling for several minutes. Ethanol is a good disinfectant. By the way, the pair of tweezers should be your last choice. If you handle it carelessly, it can readily squeeze out the remaining venom from the bee stinger. It can make your pain more agonizing.
After removing the bee stinger, get an ice cube. Use it in gently massaging the affected skin area. The ice cube is going to numb the area and can help in alleviating the soreness and the pain. You can also apply some lotion or some aloe vera gel either to lessen the burning sensation or to improve the healing process.