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Every year, millions of people are stung by bees and other insects. Even if a person is not allergic — making the event a frightening and potentially life-threatening issue — the experience is painful and irritating. Home remedies for bee stings are not intended for people who are allergic but if the sting simply becomes inflamed and tender, without more serious symptoms, these suggestions could minimize pain and promote healing.

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1. Remove the Stinger

Before doing anything else, it is important to remove the stinger from the wound as quickly as possible. While some stinging insects can sting multiple times, honey bees die after stinging, so if you are stung by a bee, the stinger will typically break off and remain in your skin. Be careful not to squeeze or twist the stinger; this can inject more toxins and increase pain. Instead, use tweezers or your fingernails to pull the stinger out gently. Do not attempt to treat the sting before removing the stinger. If it breaks off under the skin, you should see your physician.

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