All too many people who get stung react automatically and remove the stinger by "pinching" and pulling it out. While this may be the fasted method, it is also the worst. When a bee stings and leaves its' stinger stuck inside the victim, it has disconnected from its body togther with the venom sack and the set of muscles that operate the stinger and the venom pump. If you're up to it,:| you can even watch the stinger digging itself deeper into the flesh while the self-contained independent muscles keep operating the stinger and pumping venom. Because of this, it's vitally important to remove the stinger as soon as possible to minimize the amount of venom injected into the body. BUT, HOW you remove the stinger is as important as HOW FAST you remove it. If you grab the stinger to pull it out by pinching it with your fingers, in effect, you are squeezing the venom sack and injecting more venom into your body. To avoid this, the stinger should be "scratched" out by using the back of a finger nail or a hive tool, going in the direction opposite the angle of insertion of the stinger. This way, you avoid touching the venom sack and quickly remove the stinger. It may seem awkward at first and against you instinctive behavior, but once you get the hang of it, it goes quickly and minimizes the burning, itching and swelling results of having been stung.