I've been stung by a bee, what should I do?
Firstly we recommend that you try to locate the stinger and scrape it away from your skin using your fingernail or a sharp object. When a bee stings, it sometimes leaves behind the venom sac attached to the stinger. If you rub or push the irritated area, you risk the possibility of injecting more venom into your skin.
Some common remedies include antihistamines, anti-inflammatory sprays or creams, or an ice pack.
In most cases, a bee sting will irritate your skin for a couple of days. During this time, you might suffer from symptoms such as itchiness, swelling and inflammation of the skin.
Bee stings are one of the most common causes of severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) in Australia. Symptoms include an all over body rash, swelling of the tongue or throat, trouble breathing, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, vomiting or a drop in blood pressure (shock). Seek medical attention straight away if an allergic reaction occurs.