yellow jackets, honey bees, wasps, hornets, and fire ants.
Wash the affected area with soap and water, then apply ice or a cold pack to reduce
pain and swelling.
Use topical steroid ointments or oral antihistamines to relieve itching if needed. Apply a 1 percent hydrocortisone ointment, which is available over the counter, if the itching is significant. An antihistamine such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl), also available over the counter, may also help.