What Is Good for Wasp Stings?


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A combination of ice, antihistamines and pain medication makes the best treatment for a wasp sting, according to WebMD. For people who are not allergic to wasp stings, no more medical care is necessary.

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The first step to treat a wasp sting is to get the stinger out as soon as possible, states WebMD. Scraping the stinger out with a credit card is one way to move it without using fingers directly. If the victim starts to feel some itching, placing ice on the area for 20 minutes one time during each hour and administering an antihistamine such as loratadine or diphenhydramine should control the itching. Following that treatment with acetaminophen or ibuprofen is recommended if the victim feels pain.

Those who have a severe allergic reaction to wasp stings and carry an EpiPen should use it as directed, notes WebMD. For those without a severe allergy, the next step is to wash the area around the sting with warm water and soap and to dab antibiotic ointment around the area. A physician may recommend a tetanus booster for sting victims who have not had one within the past 10 years and prescribe steroids to reduce the immune response to the sting.

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