It's going to sting a little.


Senior Member
Hungary, Hungarian
Hello there,

Suppose you're at a doctor's sugery, you've fallen over and grazed your arm. The doctor suggests that the graze should be sterilized and says:

- It's going to sting a little.

Does the word "sting" expresses the feeling you'll get by the sterilization?
I'd asssume it's more like feeling caused by a needle or an injection.

  • budleia

    English, UK
    Antiseptics can sometimes cause a stinging or burning sensation on the tender, exposed skin of a graze. This is why a doctor or nurse will often warn "It's going to sting a little."

    With a needle they are more likely to say "This will prick."

    Hope that helps.
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