Insects that sting include:
- Yellow jackets
Most often, the symptoms that come from these insect stings include:
- Quick, sharp pain
- Redness at the sting site
Insect stings can even result in a severe allergic reaction. Symptoms of this include:
- Severe swelling, all over and/or of the face, tongue, lips
- Weakness, dizziness
- A difficult time breathing or swallowing
- Sometimes death due to airway obstruction or shock
Symptoms of a severe allergic reaction usually happen soon after or within an hour of the sting.
If you've ever had an allergic reaction to an insect sting in the past, you should carry an emergency kit that has:
- Adrenalin (a medicine called epinephrine that stops the body-wide reaction) and a needle to
- An antihistamine
- An inhaler that contains adrenalin
- Instruction sheet that explains how to use the kit
You have to get this kit from your doctor. You should also wear a medic alert bracelet that lets
others know that you are allergic to insect stings. People who have had severe reactions in the
past to bee or wasp stings should ask their doctor about allergy shots.
Try to avoid getting stung.
- Keep foods and drink containers tightly covered. (Bees love sweet foods like soft drinks.)
- Don't wear perfume, colognes and hair spray when you are outdoors.
- Don't wear bright colors. Choose white or neutral colors like tan. These don't attract bees.
- Wear snug clothing that covers your arms and legs.
. Don't go barefoot.
- Be careful when working outdoors such as when pulling weeds or removing shutters from the
house to paint. Bees often build hives behind shutters.
- If an insect gets in your car, stop the car, roll down the windows and get the insect out of the
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