I’ve Been Stung By A Wasp 

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I’ve Been Stung By A Wasp 

Spring and summer are here with warmer temperatures and the promise of more picnics, barbecues and gatherings at parks. Your chances of encountering a bee or wasp wayward are also increasing. Although neither wasp nor bee tries to sting you intentionally, accidents do happen unless they are agitated. Sometimes they can cause severe pain and even death. The most common cause of anaphylaxis is bee and wasp stings. The European Honey Bee takes the top spot. Bee and bee stings should not be taken lightly, regardless of whether you have been stung. Particular attention should be given to those who have never encountered either species.

Bee 101 and Wasp 101: Did You Know? Both European and Paper Wasps can use their sharp barbs multiple times to strike their targets.

Bee Sting First Aid

The first step in how to treat bee stings is to keep calm. As you treat the bee sting, especially if it is a young victim, keep your calm and speak clearly.

Step by-Step Bee Sting Treatment

  • It takes only seconds for the poison to reach your bloodstream. While tweezers are your best choice, you can still use your fingernails, especially if you’re moving.
  • Use soapy water to clean the sting area.
  • Use a cold pack until you can get home.
  • Are there any swellings or itchings? These are additional steps to take:
  • To reduce swelling and pain, take ibuprofen.
  • Elevate the affected limb if the sting is located on the arm or leg.
  • Hydrocortisone creams can be purchased at the chemist to reduce swelling, itching, and redness.
  • Do not touch the sting site.

How to treat a wasp sting

You can find the same instructions for a wasp bite as for a bee sting. However, some wasp species may cause more severe symptoms and pain.

Step-by-Step Wasp Testing Treatment

What’s a normal reaction to wasp stings?

It is not something we want to happen. However, knowing what to watch out for when dealing with wasps can help you avoid being stung. Normal reactions include a raised welt at the site of the sting and a small white mark that indicates the puncture. This can last for several hours but should subside with treatment at home. You may experience nausea or vomiting within a few days of the sting. We recommend that you get checked out if you have these symptoms.

  • It takes only seconds for the poison to reach your bloodstream. While tweezers are your best choice, you can still use your fingernails, especially if you’re moving.
  • Use soapy water to clean the sting area.
  • Use a cold pack until you can get home.
  • Are there any swellings or itchings? These are additional steps to take:
  • To reduce swelling and pain, take ibuprofen.
  • Elevate the affected limb if the sting is located on the arm or leg.
  • Hydrocortisone creams can be purchased at the chemist to reduce swelling, itching, and redness.
  • Do not touch the sting site.

You or your friend may experience any of these symptoms after being stung or bee sting by a wasp.

  • Itching from hives
  • Skin that is pale or flaky
  • Breathing problems, such as swelling of the throat and tongue can cause breathing difficulties.
  • A weak, rapid pulse
  • Dizziness, fainting
  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
  • Perception loss

How can you prevent a bee or wasp sting? Canberra Pest Control can help you control their numbers. Preventive measures are always better than curative ones. If in doubt, please call us. We care about your safety.

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