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Rod Brouhard, EMT  P

Bee Stinger Removal, the Biggest First Aid Myth

By April 28, 2013

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Removing bee stingers is about speed not technique


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One of the most common first aid myths is how to remove a bee stinger. For decades, we've been taught that bee stingers must be scraped off rather than pulled out. Actually, it doesn't matter -- they just have to be removed quickly to cut down on any reaction.

The thought process is that pinching the sac attached to the bee stinger in order to pull it out will squeeze all the venom into the victim. The thing is: bee stingers aren't built like that.

As it turns out, bee stingers have a little pump that pushes the venom through the stinger into the skin. When you grab the venom sac, the pump slams shut.

Bee stingers are tiny and most of the time they can be simply brushed off, so no pinching, pulling or scraping is necessary. Don't worry about how you remove a stinger, just get it out of there.

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