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How to Apply First Aid for Bee Stings - Symptoms of Wasp Stings and Insect Bites

Updated on August 24, 2014
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Insect Stings

Stings from insects like bees, wasps and ants are always painful.

Bees usually leave behind a venom sac in the skin when they sting a person. This venom sac has to be removed either with a fingernail or scraped off with a knife.

Stings from wasps are very painful. Some wasps can give multiple stings and leave behind a significant of venom in the skin.

Insects like the fire ants can cause very painful and burning stings that last for hours. The sting area will develop into a blister filled with pus over the next few days and they are very itchy. This blister will remain for up to a week.

Insect stings can also cause severe allergic reactions in some people.

Symptoms Of Insect Stings

The main symptom of an insect sting is usually pain at the sting site. Wasp can sometimes cause extreme pain. There will be swelling, redness and extreme soreness around the sting area. This will start to form itchy and painful blisters. Some people will experience shortness of breath, difficulty in breathing and swallowing.

Allergic Reaction

A person who has a history of allergy might have an immediate reaction to insect stings. The insect sting can trigger off an allergic reaction like a rash, swollen face, lips, and eyelids, fever, weak muscles, headache, wheezing, difficulty in breathing and unconsciousness.

First Aid and Treatment

For bee sting, remove the sting by scraping it off with your fingernail or use the side of a knife to scrap it off.

Apply a cold compress on the site to relieve the pain.

If there is an anaphylaxis or severe allergic reaction, call for an ambulance immediately. If the casualty is carrying medication for allergic reaction like Epipen, it can be used immediately. If the casualty is conscious, ensure the casualty keeps still and stays in a comfortable position where breathing is better managed.

If the casualty is unconscious, check that the casualty is breathing, otherwise give CPR if necessary.

Seek medical aid immediately.


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