While checking on the garden Saturday, I was stung on the foot by a honey bee. I removed most of the stinger but finally gave up on the remaining portion because it was too deep into the skin to reach without tearing my foot apart in the process.
The next day the toe that was stung became swollen and itchy, as well as the front half of my foot. So far the swelling hasn’t receded any nor has it spread. Should I be concerned?
Also, is swelling a defense mechanism of the body? Should I allow it to continue or try to reduce it with ice or some other alternative?
Thanks in advance.
Oh, and I’ll assume any responses to be IANA Doctor.