You know throughout everyday life in the course
of being outdoors, most of us if not all of us are going to encounter a sting from some
type of insect such as a bee, wasp, hornet or yellow jacket. Hi I’m Captain Joe Bruni.
And what I’m going to talk discuss and talk about is how to treat the common yellow jacket
sting. The yellow jacket will leave some type of stinger in place after it delivers its
toxic venom. The yellow jacket stinger should not be squeezed when trying to remove it by
using fingertips or tweezers as there will be some type of venom sac at the end of that
stinger. Something such as a stiff piece of material like a credit card or drivers license
should be used to scrape the area to remove that stinger. Once the stinger is removed
the site should be cleaned with some type of antiseptic, soap and water or other type
of disinfecting type of material. After the area is cleaned you can apply ice for a short
period of time, no longer then about ten to fifteen minutes to reduce swelling and pain.
After application of ice, some type of aloe vera gel or other type of antiseptic ointment
can be applied to help disinfect and cool that stinging sensation. Once the gel or disinfectant
is applied you can then move on to applying some type of home remedy paste made out of
a few drops of water and meat tenderizer mixed together or even baking soda and a few drops
of water. Once the paste is made it can be applied to the site to help reduce swelling
and pain. I’m Captain Joe Bruni, stay safe and we’ll see you next time.