How to Remove the Stinger from a Wasp Sting
A wasp feels compelled to attack a human when it is threatened or finds the latter coming too close to its nest. The attack involves stinging the human with its stinger, which is located at the abdominal area.
Apparently, the worst thing about getting stung by a wasp is the pain that one feels afterwards. However, the stinger itself is a far bigger concern than the pain as it can cause some serious health risks. If the sting is left untreated, the stinger keeps pumping venom into a person’s blood stream.
Therefore, it is important to quickly get over the stinging sensation and start concentrating on removing the stinger before it causes too much damage to your health.
Getting stung by a wasp can leave you a bit disoriented. However, you need to regain control of your senses and quickly look around to see if there are more of those pesky insects flying around. Leave the place immediately before you find yourself getting attacked by more of them. Trying to kill them using a swatter, newspaper or book may not prove to be the smartest thing to do, as you will only end up angering them more and motivate them further to attack you.
Once you have exited the danger area, start looking for the stinger in your skin. It will look something like a small, black dot or a splinter. You need to really focus on locating it, as it will already be pumping poison into your blood stream.
Grab the stinger with your thumb and forefinger and pull it out of your skin. This may prove to be really tough, as the stinger is imbedded deep in the flesh and is not easy to grasp. However, you must realise that you cannot use a tool such as tweezers to pull it out, as it would squeeze even more venom in the blood stream. Therefore, keep trying to grasp the stinger with your finger and thumb until you are successful.
Once you have grasped the stinger, pull it out in one swift, clean motion. Be careful not to break it or leave any of its part in your flesh, as that would continue to cause you pain and pump venom.
Soak a clean piece of cotton in alcohol and dab it on the area where the wasp had stung you. If you do not have alcohol and cotton at home, just use water and soap instead.
Take out some ice from the refrigerator and dab it on the sting.