As you go outside to enjoy parks and picnics in summertime, bee stings are to be expected. In the United States, stinging insects cause over 500,000 visits to emergency rooms yearly. It is important to contact Green Pest Services and understand how to remove a stinger and what to do in the case of a bee sting in order to protect your family during outdoor activities this summer.   

Steps to take if you get stung by a bees

Several individuals who were stung by a bee begin to feel a scorching, sharp pain, and then the sting location will turn into a red welt. The spot where the stinger penetrated the skin is likely to be small and white in the center of the welt. Most individuals have relief from the pain and swelling in a few hours, but sometimes people experience severe side effects. For such individuals, the sting site will get wider over time, about four inches in diameter, and the symptoms will go away in five to ten days.

However, people who are sensitive to bee stings might suffer from possibly fatal anaphylaxis. Rashes or hives, swelling of the tongue or throat, nausea, vomiting, wheezing, confusion, and unconsciousness are a few symptoms of anaphylaxis. 

Symptoms of a bee sting

To avoid the poison from spreading and causing a more severe reaction, it is essential to remove the bee stinger as soon as possible. To eliminate the stinger, pinch, scrape, or even brush the edge of a flat item over the welt. A foreign body response or infection can arise from leaving a stinger in place. Once the stinger is removed, wash the affected area with cold water and soap. To help with the pain, apply a cold compress, such as an ice pack. Anti-inflammatory medications can also be used. Hydrocortisone and antihistamine ointments are recommended to soothe the local reaction. 

Remember, you should speak to a doctor if you have been stung by a bee. Although it does not generally cause a problem, getting stung by a bee can cause an issue and skin inflammation. You should always speak to a doctor to ensure you do not get major complications. 

How can stings from bees be avoided?  

Stay away from beehives for the best defense against bee stings. When a bee colony believes that its nest is in danger, it can go into a defensive state and launch an organized attack; thus, it is safer to eliminate a nest by hiring a licensed pest control expert. Not using cologne or perfume before going outdoors is another way to minimize stinging insects like yellowjackets, which are attracted to pleasant scents. To avoid stinging insects, always cover and dispose of food properly during outdoor events. Unfortunately, insect repellents are often useless against bees and other similar stinging insects, but they do a great job against mosquitoes and ticks.

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