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my almost 5 year old was just sting by a bee on his finger. anything i need to do other than remove stinger and wash the area?

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Dr. Cornelia Franz
Specializes in Pediatrics
Onion: Slice an onion and rub it on the sting. The onion enzymes neutralize the bee venom and reduce swelling and itching. Homeopathic apis mellifica will also help. Use three ties a day for a coupke days. The onion works so well you may not need the homeopathic. On the finger it may takse a coupke slices. If he has any systemic symptoms like trouble breathing face swelling etc call 911= allergic rxn.
Dr. Stephen Friedman
Dermatology 41 years experience
Adolph's: After the stinger is carefully removed (with the side of a credit card) and the skin is thoroughly cleansed, apply adolph's meat tenderizer. It neutralizes the venom of the bee sting. Or dissolve the meat tenderizer in water and soak a cotton ball in the solution. Apply to the sting for 10 to 15 minutes.

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