Any individual can be at risk of allergic reactions due to bee and wasp stains. However, the most likely to develop allergic reactions are those who work as a bee keeper and those who work in the garden. Keep in mind though that it is quite unusual to be allergic to both bees and wasps at the same time.
Children are also prone to insect stings, but thankfully, these toddlers are less likely to experience severe allergic reactions. If you, your child, or anyone you know has been stung by bees or wasps, it is cruel to administrator first aid treatment and to carefully observe the reaction following the sting.
First Aid Treatment
1. Remove the stinger . It is best to scrape the sting area using a flat-edge object, such as a credit card. You can also use your fingernail. Avoid using tweezers since it will only squeeze more venom into the skin.
2. Control the swelling . Bee or wasp stains often result in redness and inflammation. The best initial treatment is to place ice on the sting site. In addition, it is best to elevate the sting area, especially if you were stung on the arm or leg.
3. Take ibuprofen for the pain . If you feel any pain or discomfort, you can take ibuprofen. Remember not to take aspirin if you are under the age of 18.
4. Take antihistamine to alleviate itchiness . Aside from oral medication, you can also apply a baking soda and water mixture on the sting site, or you can apply calamine lotion.
Different Sting Reactions
Localized Reaction : This involves swapping at the sting site which lasts for only a day or two. This reaction is very common in children than in adults.
Mild Reactions : This reaction involves inflammation and hives around the sting area. Toddlers who experience these symptoms are typically not at risk for future fatal symptoms, but older children and adults are more prone to future fatal symptoms.
Anaphylaxis : If you, your child, or anyone who has been stung with a bee or hasp has exhibited any of these symptoms, immediately seek emergency treatment.
- Swelling of the mouth and throat, making it difficult to swallow or speak
- Difficulty breathing
- Hives all over the body
- Generalized flushing of the skin
- Dizziness, vomiting, cramps
If you or the person who has been stung has a history of anaphylaxis, do not wait for the symptoms to manifest before injecting epinephrine. Remember to inject the epinephrine into the outer muscle of the thigh, but avoid injecting into a vein. Do not inject it into the hands and feet as this may result in tissue damage.