What’s the best way to remove a bee stinger?

If you said tweezers, think again!

If you or a loved one have ever been stung by a bee, your first instinct was likely to pluck out the stinger with a pair of tweezers, much like how you would remove a splinter.

But according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, using tweezers can actually cause more toxins to be pumped into your body. Instead, the best way to remove a venomous stinger isĀ right in your pocket: a credit card!

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A credit card or another straight-edged object can scrape away the stinger, minimizing the amount of poison released into the body. Tweezers (or plucking it out with your fingers) might actually squeeze the venom sac and pump extra toxins into the wound, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

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If you don’t have a credit card or another flat tool handy, use your fingernail to scrape — not pinch! — the stinger from your skin. After the stinger is safely removed, wash the area with soap and water and apply a cold compress or antihistamine cream.

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