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      Getting stung or bitten by bugs is definitely no fun. Beef up your bug bite first-aid knowledge with these quick tips:

      Scrape the stinger.

      By using the edge of a credit card, a fingernail, or even a dull knife, push down and against the skin to push stingers completely out.

      Hands down.

      If you’re stung or bitten on your arms or legs, keep them lowered. That helps keep the venom from spreading.

      Relieve the pain.

      Take an over-the-counter pain reliever, apply an antihistamine or hydrocortisone cream to the area and cover with a cold compress for up to 15 minutes for quick relief.

      Allergic? Call the doctor.

      If you experience any of the following seek immediate medical care:

      • Swelling in face, neck or throat
      • Difficulty breathing or wheezing
      • Dizziness or confusion
      • Pale or blue skin
      • Unexplained abdominal pain

    • Sources: Mayoclinic.com and Webmd.com. This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of a doctor with any questions regarding a medical condition.