Bee sting is a painful condition caused by a sting of honey bee. There is a barbed stringer which sticks in the skin if you come in contact with a honey bee. Generally any kind of sting from a wasp, yellow jacket, or a hornet is referred as bee sting.
Bee sting allergy is caused by the venom in the sting which contains protein. Immune system of certain individual reacts to the protein to produce bee sting allergy.
Bee Sting Allergy Symptoms
Symptoms of bee sting allergy:
Localized signs and symptoms:
- Swelling at the site of sting area.
- Pain and burning at the site.
- A small white area where the stinger has punctured the skin.
- Red bump at the site.
Few people are allergic to bee sting and they manifest more serious symptoms such as:
- A large swelling at the site of bee sting.
- Breathlessness and wheezing.
- Swelling on face
- Itching all over body with large wheals and hives.
- Low blood pressure
- Rapid and feeble pulse.
- Nausea and vomiting.
Few of them may have anaphylactic reaction; it is a life threatening condition which requires very prompt treatment.
It has all the above symptoms and the person can become unconscious within few minutes of bee sting.
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Treatment of Bee Sting
- If there is severe allergic reaction, your doctor may give you anti histaminic and other life saving drugs such as epinephrine in case of anaphylaxis.
- Simple home remedies are useful in mild cases, scrape the stringer but do not squeeze it with a tweezers.
- Apply cold pack or ice cube to the sting.
- Apply a paste made from baking soda and water.
- Trim finger nail to prevent scratching.
- You can apply a slice of onion to the sting area.
- Rub Aloe Vera gel on the sting area.
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