The pain, redness, swelling, and itching occurs because the bee has placed her stinger inside your skin. The stinger has a venom sac attached to it. Once the bee puts her stinger in you, she dies. However, the stinger remains in you skin and works like a pump. The stinger pumps the venom sac so that the venom will enter your skin. The venom is what causes the pain, redness, swelling, and itching. The stinger will continue to pump the venom into your skin until you remove it. The longer the stinger remains in your skin. The worse the pain will be.
The best way to prevent a bee sting is to avoid the bee! Be alert when outdoors!
1. Always wear shoes on your feet. Most bee stings happen when people step on a bee with their bare feet.
2. Wear white or solid light colored clothing. Bees are attracted to dark colors and prints.
3. Avoid walking through gardens or orchards. Bees like to nest in gardens and orchards.
4. If you see a bee, remain calm and cool. Gently move out of the way. Most bees will not attack if left alone. If you become jumpy, you could scare the bee and she might sting
5. If several bees attack you at the same time, run to get away
Remove the stinger
The first thing you want to do is remove the stinger. You will see a little black dot in the area where you have been stung. This is the stinger. Do not try to squeeze the stinger out. you can use the back of a thumbnail or a credit card to scrape along the skin underneath the stinger and flick it out.
Stop the pain
Place an ice cube on the skin to keep the swelling and pain down. Put the ice cube on the area for 3 minutes, and remove it for 3 minutes. Repeat this step 3 times.
You can make a paste out of water and baking soda. Put the paste on the sting for comfort.
You can easily make a compress by taking a clean washcloth and running it over cool water. Apply the compress to the sting to comfort the itching and soreness.
You can calm the itch by putting calamine lotion on the sting or soak the area in a bath prepared with powdered oatmeal, such as Aveeno.
You can expect to develop an inch or two of swelling around the area. Elevate the area where you have been stung to reduce the swelling and soreness.
Swelling may continue for up to 24 hours and the pain usually goes away after a few hours.
Never put meat tenderizer on a sting. Though this may be suggested to you as a temporary relief from itching and swelling, there are safer methods available. Meat tenderizer contains enzymes that dissolve the fiber structure of muscle tissue and may permanently damage nerve tissue, resulting in loss of sensation if used repeatedly.
If the area of your sting continues to swell after 24 hours or the swelling in you hand or foot goes past your wrist or ankle, call your doctor or local Health care facility!
!! Some people can experience a bad deadly reaction to a bee sting.
If you experience:
- A rash over many parts of your body.
- Shortness of breath and tightness in your chest.
- Wheezing (a high pitched sound when you breath).
- A swollen tongue or swollen face.
CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY:
For Emergency Medical Care!!
We at AllPest Exterminators do not claim to be medical experts and the information herein is only basic information derived from various articles we have compiled and put up on our web site for you to view. We recommend that you always contact your physican concerning bee stings or any other type of insect bite that you or your family may experience, as allergic reactions could be a serious health concern.