How to Remove the Stinger from a Wasp Sting


How to Remove the Stinger from a Wasp Sting. Wasp stings are painful and, if left untreated, can pose health risks. If a wasp pays you a nasty visit, quick action can minimize the amount of venom your body absorbs. Proceed as follows:

Look for the stinger, an object that resembles splinter or a black dot. That innocuous-looking object is already pumping venom into you.

Do not use tweezers for this next step. Studies have found that tweezers actually squeeze more venom through your veins. Instead, grasp the stinger close to the skin with your thumb and forefinger.

Pull out the stinger with one quick, clean move. Make sure no part of it remains imbedded in your flesh.

Swab the sting with alcohol wipes. In the absence of alcohol wipes, use soap and water.

Ice the sting to minimize swelling.

Tips & Warnings

  • Allergy Alert: If you are allergic to wasp stings, seek medical attention immediately. Do not wait to remove the stinger.

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