Bee Calm: Your Guide To Handling Stings & Allergic Reactions

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Stung by a bee? Whether you are allergic to the stings or not, this can feel intensely painful. These common questions may provide you with much-needed answers about dealing with bees as the weather changes.

What is a mild bee sting reaction?

Mild reactions to bee stings are the most common. Symptoms associated with a mild reaction include intense burning followed by a red welt at the location of the sting. You will then experience slight swelling of the general area, but this tends to dissipate after a few hours.

What is a moderate bee sting reaction?

If you experience a moderate reaction to a bee sting, you may first notice pain followed by intense redness at the sight of the sting. You may also see swelling begin to worsen over the next couple days. In some cases, the pain can last for up to a week.

What are symptoms of a severe allergic bee sting reaction?

The most severe reaction to a bee sting is anaphylaxis, which can be life-threatening. Symptoms of anaphylaxis include hives, pale skin, swelling of the tongue, fast pulse, nausea, dizziness, fainting, and difficulty breathing. You may also notice anxiety and wheezing.

Is there a way to prevent severe allergic bee sting reactions?

There are some measures doctors can take to avoid reactions to bee stings. For instance, some doctors recommend immunotherapy in the form of injections.

Should I go to the doctor if I have a bee sting?

In most cases, a trip to the doctor is not necessary. Bee stings often do not require medical care unless they are severe. In the case of a severe sting, immediate treatment is necessary. If you or somebody else has a severe reaction, get in touch with 911 immediately. You may have access to an EpiPen, which should be used right away in an emergency situation. You should also seek treatment if you have been stung by multiple bees at once.

How should bee stings be treated?

Mild bee stings may require you to remove the venom and stinger from the site of the sting. The quicker you do this, the better. Make sure to thoroughly wash the sting site and apply an antiseptic. You can soothe your sting with a cream or lotion before placing a bandage on top. Make sure to keep the area sterile and apply a cold compress if you feel intense swelling later. If you have a stinging insect allergy, you need medical treatment.

Bee stings are nothing to set aside, even if you appear to have a mild reaction. Infection is still possible if you fail to keep the area clean.


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