Eight Easy Tips to Treat Bee Sting
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Eight Easy Tips to Treat Bee Sting

Summer is the season when people are more involved in outside activities. It is the season for accidents and insect bites too. Bees which are territory-sensitive attack human beings and other living beings that force into their territory.

Summer is the season of outside activities. Everyone is out in the sunshine enjoying nature. Summer camps are always a source of enthusiasm and experience of enlightenment. Plants resurrect from winter and dress with green leaves and multi-coloured flowers. Birds chirp and sing with joy. Insects are out in the air busy preying. Bees hum and reach flowers helping pollination.

Summer is indeed also the season for accidents and insect bites too. Bees which are territory-sensitive attack human beings and other living beings that force into their territory.

Bees are busy insects which are extremely territorial. If you happen to move around their beehive in their territory or obstruct their way, they may happen to sting you. Though bee stings do not call for a medical emergency situation if you are stung by many bees at a time it may turn serious. Some people also find bee sting allergic.

Sometimes Bee stings can cause very bad complications such as aphylaxis which is a severe allergic reaction. Some people may develop fall in blood pressure that may cause them lose consciousness. People allergic to bee sting may experience trouble breathing, feel dizzy, hives, fast pulse and nausea.

Danger to children

Bee sting creates very dangerous situations in children. First of all they are frightened. Secondly, they may have a toxic reaction to the bee stings which is much more dangerous in children. If they get massive poisoning it may lead to kidney failure and heart problems.

Eight treatment tips for bee sting

1) As in any medical condition, the best treatment is prevention. The most obvious way to prevent from bee sting is to realize the territorial nature of bees. Though a single bee flying around your garden does not usually generate any threat, if you start seeing two or more of the same type of bees in the same small area, you can be sure that you are near their hive. There is a common notion that if you leave the bees untroubled they will not trouble you.

2) Bees are instinctively attracted by smells and the perfumes, and other sweet smells you use may confuse bees and draw them to you. You should have this in your mind when you move outside.

3) Another prevention step is to move away from the beehive or walking in the opposite direction of the hive. If you are near the hive, this will cause frenzy in the bees and gather other bees.

4) If the sting is single and you are able to remove the stinger without bursting any venom sacs, you may rinse the spot with a large amount of cold water and wash it with soap.

5) Since bee sting is also poisonous causing swelling, it should be treated carefully. Wash the stung area with cold water and soap. Coldwater can help reduce swelling and the soap will help prevent a bacterial infection that might occur.

6) If you do not find any serious symptom, you can do some first aids such as applying ice, an antibiotic ointment or a paste made of meattenderizer. This will reduce further discomfort. The ice will also reduce swelling and itching and the antibiotic ointment will reduce the chance of a bacterial infection.

7) Application of a home-made paste from baking soda and water to the sting can also help reduce the symptoms of a bee sting. It can reduce the swelling and also the complication that may develop.

8) You should be careful not to scratch the sting area, since it will cause the area to itch more and increase the chances of infection. Your body will close the hole in your skin and if you scratch it may delay curing of the wound and may lead to infection.

Bees are eco-friendly and they are very necessary for pollination and vegetable growth. They are the wealth of nature. They provide you with sweet honey. Hence you need not be intimidated by them.

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Comments (8)

Good article. A school nurse once told me that she uses A-1 Steaksauce to ease the stinging sensation. I've yet to have the occasion to try that out, but it's something worth remembering. Voted.

Thanks for the tips! I learned that perfumes make bees dizzy, I'll remember that now

Great advice on preventing bee stings and treating them.

I trod on a bee once and my foot swelled up so much that I couldn't wear shoes for about a week. I should have applied a baking soda and water paste by the sounds of it. A very good article on the prevention and treatment of bee stings.

Good tips!

Thanks for the tips. Bee are tiny but they can knock you off of your feet.

Applying a raw onion works for wasp stings, but I don't know if it does for bees too.

Thank you, dear Paulose, for this interesting and useful post.