The summer weather is here again and so are all sorts of flying insects. It is extremely common for people to get stung by angry wasps or sleepy bees, especially when eating outside, playing sports or even just a summer stroll in the park.
Bee stings, if you or someone is stung by a bee and the sting is still in the skin, quickly flick it out using your thumb nail or a bank card. You don’t want to be squeezing the sting as this may increase the amount of allergen entering the body and will no doubt increase any allergic reaction.
Only bees leave their sting, wasps and other stinging insects do not leave the sting behind in the wound.
If the person who has been stung has a reaction, apply a wrapped ice pack to area and this will help to reduce the swelling and can reduce pain as well. Antihistamines will also help reduce the reaction and will treat pain, itching and swelling.
Ask them if they have any allergens and if they a carrying any medication, like antihistamine or an epi-pen
If they show any signs of a more serious reaction or of anaphylactic shock, call an ambulance immediately and use their epi-pen if they have one. Reassuring them all the time, and keeping them comfortable.
If they are struggling to breathe, they should be encouraged to sit in an upright position and place something under their knees to help increase their circulation.
If they are not having trouble breathing, but are feeling dizzy, sick and thirsty – they are showing the signs of shock. You should get them to lie down with their legs raised to help increase the circulation to their vital organs. They should stay lying, as sitting or standing them up could be dangerous. Encourage them to turn their head to one side if they are likely to vomit. They should be covered to keep them warm and kept in this position until the paramedics arrive.