How 2 Treat an Insect Sting

First aid for insect stings

Welcome to this weeks first aid article. This time we’ll discuss how to treat an insect sting.

  • If the insect sting is visible carefully scrape it off the skin with the edge of a credit card or similar object. DO NOT use tweezers as you will only squeeze the poison into the wound!
  • Elevate the wound if possible and apply an ice pack wrapped in a tea towel or a triangular bandage for 10 minutes. Seek medical advice if pain or swelling persists.
  • If the insect sting is in the mouth give the casualty an ice cube to suck on, or sips of cold water.
  • Watch your casualty carefully in case of an allergic reaction.