The good news is that most wasp stings are not serious
Most wasp stings are not serious and will likely get better in a few days. However, occasionally they can cause a serious allergic reaction called anaphylaxis.
First aid for wasp stings
- Remove the sting if still in the skin. It is best to use a sterilised pair of tweezers for this, or clean fingernails if you can grasp the sting.
- Wash the affected area with soap and water.
- Apply a cold compress such as a cloth cooled with cold water or an ice pack to any swelling for at least 10 minutes.
- Raise or elevate the affected area if possible, as this can help reduce swelling.
- Avoid scratching the area or bursting any blisters, to reduce the risk of infection
- The pain, swelling and itchiness can sometimes last a few days.
The NHS has great advice on what to do if you have been stung by a wasp, or stung out bitten by any other insect.
For anything more serious please call HNS 111 or refer to the advice given on the NHS website:
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