Sometimes nature can be, well……a bit of a [email protected]#$%. Take bee and wasp stings, for instance, it’s sort of ironic that such small and seemingly harmless creatures can inflict so much pain on a human being when they sting you. What’s even crazier of course is when this happens to a person who is allergic to their venom, which can actually be fatal if a severe anaphylactic reaction takes place.
Just for quick reference, here are the symptoms of a serious bee sting reaction (meaning that urgent emergency medical care is necessary and you should be moving toward a hospital). Obviously if the person affected has a history of problems in this area then immediately seek out the nearest emergency room:
- Having a hard time breathing normally
- A spreading variety of outbreak which resembles hives
- Areas of the head and / or face swelling
- Sudden rise in general level of anxiety
- It’s hard to swallow
- Elevated pulse rate
- A sudden episode of dizziness
- Any drop in blood pressure taking place directly after a sting
- A noticeable wheeze when you breathe
First things first, you’re going to want to remove the stinger from the skin. Most people make the mistake of simply grabbing it and yanking on it, which is something you shouldn’t do (this will probably just inject more of the bee’s venom into you). Instead, scrape or shave it off, preferably with some type of utensil if you have something handy. Assuming that you were stung on an appendage, it’s not a bad idea to try to immediately elevate it, which can cut down on some of the venom’s negative effects. Additionally, any type of jewelry will have to come off unless you want that portion of your body swelling around it.
At this point you’re going to want to calm down and look for some ice or something frozen to press against the affected area. Not only will this help to quell swelling, but it will also work wonders when it comes to alleviating pain.
As a general rule, people often take antihistamines for allergic reactions, products like Benadryl being one that lots of individuals reach for. Of course, if it’s pain then any standard ibuprofen or acetaminophen tablet should suffice. Naturally, if the person who was stung is under 18 years of age then it isn’t advised that you provide them with aspirin as it has recently been linked with “Reye’s syndrome”. In any instance, ibuprofen is probably the safest bet.
From there on it’s advised that you just be mindful of the area affected and do your best to monitor how quickly the wound is healing (or not). It might even be necessary to apply a subsequent ice pack treatment or use some additional topical products like calamine lotion if serious itchiness persists. Naturally, if you begin to notice any complications then immediately pay a visit to your doctor for assistance. Aside from that just keep the affected area as clean as possible (and consider wrapping it up