Bee & Wasp Stings
bees and insects will not attack if left alone. If provoked, a bee will
sting in defense of its nest or itself. Thousands of people are stung each
year and as many as 40 to 50 people in the United States die each year as a
result of allergic reactions.
Reducing the risk of beeing stung
Wear light-colored, smooth-finished
Avoid perfumed soaps, shampoos,
deodorants. Don't wear cologne or perfume. Avoid bananas and
Wear clean clothing and bathe daily.
Sweat angers bees.
Cover the body as much as possible with
Avoid flowering plants.
Check for new nests during the warmer
hours of the day during July, August and September. Bees are very active
Keep areas clean. Social wasps thrive
in places where humans discard food, so clean up picnic tables, grills
and other outdoor eating areas.
If a single stinging insect is flying
around, remain still or lie face down on the ground. The face is the
most likely place for a bee or wasp to sting. Swinging or swatting at an
insect may cause it to sting.
If you are attacked by several stinging
insects at the same time, run to get away from them. Bees release a
chemical when they sting. This alerts other bees to the intruder. More
bees often follow. Go indoors or jump into water. Outdoors, a shaded
area is better than an open area to get away from the insects.
If a bee comes inside your vehicle,
stop the car slowly, and open all the windows.
What to Do if a
Person is Stung
Have someone stay with the victim to be
sure that they do not have an allergic reaction.
Wash the site with soap and water.
The stinger can be removed using a four
x four inch gauze wiped over the area or by scraping a fingernail over
the area. Never squeeze the stinger or use tweezers. It will cause more
venom to go into the skin and injure the muscle.
Apply ice to reduce the swelling.
Do not scratch the sting. This will
cause the site to swell and itch more, and increase the chance of
Allergic Reactions to Bee
Allergic reactions to bee stings can be
deadly. People with known allergies to insect stings should always carry an
insect sting allergy kit and wear a medical ID bracelet or necklace stating
their allergy. See a physician about getting either of these.
There are several signs of an allergic
reaction to bee stings. Look for swelling that moves to other parts of the
body, especially the face or neck. Check for difficulty in breathing,
wheezing, dizziness or a drop in blood pressure. Call 911 if any of these
signs are present. It is normal for the area that has been stung to hurt,
have a hard swollen lump, get red and itch. There are kits available to
reduce the pain of an insect sting. They are a valuable addition o a first
First Aid for Bee & Wasp Stings
Light-colored clothing attracts fewer bees than does
Scrape the stinger out from the stung area -- never
squeeze or pull out the stinger.
Persons with severe allergic reactions to insect
stings should consider wearing a medical ID bracelet and carrying an
insect allergy kit where appropriate