What Happens if You Can’t Get a Bee Stinger Out?

Bee stings can be very harmful to a person if they are allergic to a bee sting. In most cases, people would just have an itchy reaction to the bee sting. In some cases, it usually goes away by itself and there are also some cases where you would need to take action. Simple home remedies can sometimes do the trick, but when you have an allergic reaction it is best to seek medical attention. This article will discuss further what you can do if you are unable to take out the bee stinger. 

What happens if you can’t get a bee stinger out? If a stinger is left in your skin, nothing severe would happen, assuming it doesn’t get infected. The longer the stinger stays in your body the more ‘venom’ will be pumped into your skin which will give you more itchiness. However, it would be a different story for someone who has an allergy to bee stings since it can cause anaphylactic shock.

Bee Sting Symptoms

Bee stings can be annoying and sometimes a simple home remedy will do the trick to make it all go away. However, if you are allergic to bee stings, it would be another story. You may have a severe reaction that may need emergency attention. 

The symptoms are categorized into three reactions and they are the mild reaction, moderate allergic reaction, and severe allergic reaction.

Mild Reaction

Most of the time bee stings are considered to be in the mild reaction section. You will feel an instant, sharp burning pain on the place where you were stung. There would also be a visible area of raised, red skin where you were stung. 

Lastly, you would also see a slight swelling around the area. If you experienced this reaction, it may go away within a few hours. This type of reaction does not need any medical attention. The swelling will disappear after a couple of hours.  

Moderate Allergic Reaction

Some people get stung by a bee or get bitten by any insect bites tend to have a bit stronger reaction. These reactions are extreme redness and swelling on the site where you have been stung. The swelling gradually enlarges over the next day or two.

In these types of cases, the body has a stronger reaction to the bees ‘venom’ which is called a large local reaction (LLR). You need to take caution since there is a five to six percent risk that you will develop a systemic reaction. 

You might still want to contact the doctor if the reaction has not been resolved over ten days. The doctors will be able to provide you with treatment and prevention. 

Severe Allergic Reaction

These types of an allergic reaction are also known as anaphylaxis. A severe allergic reaction is potentially life-threatening and requires emergency attention. There is a small number of people who experience these types of reaction. 

Some signs include skin reactions such as hives, itching, and flushed or pale skin. You may also experience difficulty in breathing, swelling of the throat and tongue. You will also feel a rapid or weak pulse.

Other symptoms that you might feel are nausea, diarrhea, or vomiting. Lastly, you might also experience dizziness, fainting, and loss of consciousness. People who experienced severe allergic reaction has a 30 to 60 percent chance of experiencing it again the next time they are stung.

You might want to talk to your doctor or an allergy specialist for prevention such as immunotherapy or ‘allergy shots’ in order to avoid a similar reaction the next time you get stung.

For more information, please see this article: https://schoolofbees.com/can-you-be-allergic-to-bee-stings/

Multiple Bee Sting

Bees are not known to be aggressive and only sting people for self-defense. There are some cases that may result in more than one sting. If in any case that you get stung for more than a dozen times, it may accumulate a lot of venom which may induce toxic reaction. 

Some symptoms that you may encounter are nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. You may also feel vertigo, headache, and fever. The worst-case scenario that you may experience are convulsions, dizziness, and fainting. 

Multiple stings needs medical emergency attention in children, older adults, and people who have breathing and heart problems.

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How to Get a Bee Sting Out After a Week?

It may not be the best decision to leave a bee stinger on your skin for a week. Having a sense of urgency when it comes to bee stings is important. In most cases, a typical honeybee usually has a good chunk of the body connected to its stinger. 

There is a chance, though it may not be likely, that the material may cause far greater problems than a simple bee ‘venom’. One of the best home remedies that you can do is to scrape it with the back of a knife, needle, or credit card.

You have to make sure to do this carefully and remember not to try to ‘dig it out’ since it may deeply embed the stinger further onto your skin which can lead to infection. Another method that you can do is soak the part of your skin where the bee stinger is placed. 

Our body’s automatic response to any foreign object is to push it out. Soaking the affected skin with hot water, not too hot but a heat that you can handle, and non-iodized sea salt will help to pull the stinger out of your skin. 

It should be 1/8 teaspoon to every eight ounces of water. You should repeat this process several times a day and soak your skin at least 20 minutes where you should feel some relief after. You have to make sure that you do not over soak your skin.

If you can see the singer, it is best to pull it out with a tweezer. After you have done these steps and you were able to take out the stinger, make sure you apply antiseptic on the affected area. If you have tried these steps and you are still unable to take out the bee sting, make sure to see a doctor. 

Another case where you need to see a doctor is if the bee tissue starts to pull off or become too shriveled which makes it hard to take out. It is not ideal to ignore the bee stinger in your skin, you have to make sure to remove it right away. This is in order to avoid any infection that you might encounter along the way. 

Will a Bee Sting Fall Out Naturally?

Unfortunately, bee sting does not fall out naturally. You would need to do a couple of home remedies to get the stinger out of your skin. Most of the time bee stings are annoying and you may experience 

Honey has a lot of medicinal properties and it contains compounds that combat inflammation which may reduce any swelling. The natural antibacterial agents that are present in the honey may prevent infection and can help with healing. temporary sharp pain, swelling, and redness. 

These cases usually do not lead to serious complications. However, if you are allergic it can be problematic and may lead to life-threatening situations. When a honeybee stings you, its stinger is released into your skin which eventually kills the honeybee.

Now, when a bee stings you it will leave behind venomous toxin that can cause pain and other symptoms. The stinger is usually stuck on your skin and would not come out unless you take some action. There are a couple of home remedies that you can do to remove the stinger. 


ice cubes

This is probably the number one remedy that most people use. Right after you have been stung, make sure to wash the area with water thoroughly to remove any bee ‘venom’ on your skin. Applying ice reduces swelling and pain.

Make sure that the ice is wrapped in a clean towel or any bag of frozen vegetables in cloth would also work. Place the bundle on the affected area, hold the bundle for a couple of minutes, and repeat as needed.


You might want to spread a small amount of honey on the affected area indoors in order to avoid attracting more bees. 

Essential Oils

There are several essential oils that contain antiseptic, antibacterial, or antifungal properties. Essential oils have been used for a long time as a home remedy. Before you apply any oils on the affected area, you have to mix it with a neutral carrier oil such as olive oil. 

The mixture is about a drop of essential oil in every five drops of carrier oil. Some oils that you can use are tea tree, witch hazel, lavender, thyme, and rosemary oils. You would also have to make sure that you are not allergic to any of the said oils.

These are just some of the first aid that you can do once you have been stung by a bee. If any of these home remedies do not work, you have to make sure to seek a doctor immediately.


To summarize, there is nothing too severe that may happen when a bee stinger is left on your skin. You may feel some irritability and itchiness when the stinger is still on your skin. It is best if you remove the stinger right away to avoid any irritation and infection that you may have along the way. A few home remedies can help get the stinger out such as applying ice, honey, and essential oils on the affected area.

If you are allergic to bee stings, it is best to go straight to the doctor to provide treatment. However, in reality, if you are stung by a Bee and have any concerns you should seek professional medical advice first!

3 thoughts on “What Happens if You Can’t Get a Bee Stinger Out?

    1. This is because a Bee’s abdomen pulls away from its body when the barb of the stinger is left caught in the person or animal being stung. Have a look through our other articles and you’ll find some great information around this topic.

  1. Call 911 immediately if you or someone you are with experiences these symptoms after a bee sting. If you have been prescribed emergency injectable epinephrine like an EpiPen, use it as soon as you notice a reaction. This medication will improve dangerous symptoms like difficulty breathing and low blood pressure. Even if you feel better after using the epinephrine you will still need to go to the emergency department for evaluation as symptoms can return after the medication wears off. Be sure and tell the medical team what time you took the medicine and your dosage.

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