The Truth About Insect Stings
A wasp or yellow jacket at a picnic can send you to a hospital.
Insect stings are responsible for inducing severe allergic reactions in one to two million people in the United States every year. And estimated 3 percent of all Americans are susceptible to an allergic reaction from an insect sting. About 50 deaths a year occur in the United States each year.
Most peoples reaction to a wasp or yellow jacket sting is mild redness and pain which will normally disappear with in one to three hours with out any treatment at all.
But people with immune systems that are sensitive to insect venom can have allergic reactions lasting as long as a week and can as does result in death for some people.
A severe allergic reaction from a insect sting can produce symptoms which can include weakness, nausea, dizziness,hives, swelling,mental confusion,shock and unconsciousness and death if you do not get medical attention for the person quickly enough.
For those people severe reactions to insect stings your doctor should be informed and the doctor may recommend you keep a self treatment kit with you containing a syringe with epinephrine which can save your life if you are highly allergic to insect stings and you get stung by a yellow jacket or wasp.
So if you know you or one of your children is highly allergic to insect stings be sure to let your doctor know.
Yellow Jackets can be extremely aggressive. Do not approach a known yellow jacket nest especially if you know you are highly allergic to these members of the wasp family. Instead of trying to get rid of the yellow jackets yourself contact a professional exterminator as they know how to get rid of the yellow jackets and you won't get stung.In the southern USA they usually live underground but they can really build a nest almost anywhere so be careful.
Use care when approaching wasp nests as some wasps are highly territorial and will attack and sting if they think their nest is being attacked or about to be attacked. They build a lot under porch roofs and in storage and utility buildings. Again if you have a wasp problem call a professional exterminator to help you with your problem.