bees, honey and other sticky subjects

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Scrape, pull? Just get it out -- fast!

There's a nice roundup in the New York Times of evidence about removing bee stings.

The conventional wisdom has been to scrape them out of the skin, not to pull them, because the pulling action simply pumps more venom into the body.

However, 90% of venom is released within 20 seconds because the stinger contains enough nerves and muscles to continue pumping venom.

So the message is: just do it! Just get the sting out as quickly as possible.


Blogger Cat said...

Sometimes a stung is not felt immediately when area stung (such as an earlobe) has very few nerve endings and does not register pain bad for those of us who are stung on the ear.

6:16 pm  

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