How to Remove a Bee Stinger
When a bee bites you, it can leave a sting in your skin, which can cause pain, swelling and discomfort. There has been a long debate on the best method to remove the sting. However, research published in “The Lancet” in 1996 concluded that the method is not the important thing but the removal of the sting as fast as possible.
According to the University of California’s integrated pest management program after the sting, venom continues to enter your body for 45 to 60 seconds.
If you remove the stinger within 15 seconds, the discomfort and severity of the reaction will be minor.
Scraping the stinger to remove it was once considered the best method to remove it from the skin. All that was needed was a flat, thin object, like a credit card or a fingernail. You used the object to apply pressure around the area of the bite, using slow and deliberate movements to avoid further irritation, in order to force the sting out.
The stings are made of a hard material, so you should not worry about breaking it. The main objective is to remove the stinger as soon as possible.
If you see the stinger on the skin, it is okay to use your fingers to remove it. Pinch the stinger between your thumb and big toe and pull. You can also use tweezers. It is a myth that if you squeeze it while you remove it is going to prick the sac of poison releasing more toxins in your body.