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A 46-year-old member asked:

what if the yellow jacket stinger is lodged in my skin?

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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 57 years experience
Wrong question: Yellow jackets do not leave a stinger. Honey bees do. Probably you have a small scab. Wash it and give it time. If it itches rub it with cortisone cream or a wet Aspirin tablet.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Yellow Jackets: Yellow jackets are the gift that keeps on giving! there is no barb on their smooth stinger – so they can remove it after stinging skin. This allows a yellow jacket (which is a wasp) to sting repeatedly. However, occasionally a stinger becomes stuck ; remains lodged in the skin. It may or may not have been a yellow jacket that stung you.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Provided original answer
Whether or not it was a yellow jacket that stung you- Remove stinger ASAP by scraping along edge of skin w credit card. Clean area w soap & warm water. Apply ice in 10 min. increments (10 on/10 off). Can try Tylenol, aspirin or Motrin for pain. For swelling – elevate affected area. Benadryl helps w swelling /itching. Make paste - 2 parts baking soda & 1 part water & apply. Need tetanus shot
Jan 18, 2014
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Provided original answer
every 10 years. Throat, airway, mouth swelling or difficulty breathing? Call 911!
Jan 18, 2014

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