Fewer than one per cent of people have severe allergic reactions to bee stings (including hives, vomiting and fainting). If you or someone with you has been stung and shows symptoms of an allergy, call 9-1-1 right away.

But usually, a bee sting isn’t a big deal. Just be the nurturing woman you are: Be quick, and scrape the stinger out of the skin using your fingernail or a credit card. Don’t squeeze it or you’ll release more venom.

If you have meat-tenderizing powder in your spice rack, make a paste with ice-cold water and apply it for 10 minutes. (An enzyme in the tenderizer breaks down the venom.) Otherwise, use toothpaste: It’s among the world’s best home remedies for bee-sting relief.

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