Medical File: Bee Sting Allergy

Medical File: Bee Sting Allergy
23 July 2018
They pollinate more than 80% of the world’s flowering plants and are an integral part of our food chain.

Unfortunately, that’s where their friendliness often ends for humans, as a bee sting allergy can be difficult to manage, especially if you don’t know you’re allergic to bees.

Buzz, buzz
Sure, they may annoy you when you’re at the picnic table, but you can thank bees for playing their part in helping to create one in three of every bites of food you eat. Pollinating 70 of the top 100 human food crops, bees are an unmissable part of our food chain. The next time you spot a bee buzzing around, don’t squish it. Rather, move away and let it get on with its all-important job.

Bee sting allergy
A bee sting allergy is quite common and, thanks to the wonders of medical science, relatively easy to test for. If you don’t know you are allergic however, it can be quite distressing! Being stung by a bee is most often painful, but an allergic reaction to bee stings is an entirely different matter. Here’s what to do in case of emergency:

Treating a bee sting
If you, or your child, are stung by a bee, and are not allergic to bee stings, then it is easily treated at home. You can expect to have to deal with some pain at the sting site, and possibly some redness and swelling. If you can, remove the stinger from the person’s skin as quickly as possible, and apply an ice pack to the sting site. You may need to provide antihistamines to the person who has been stung.

Bee sting allergies
If someone who is allergic to bee stings is stung, it’s time to get to the nearest hospital. A bee sting allergy can result in anaphylaxis, swelling of the body, vomiting, nausea, and other effects. If you know the person who has been stung is allergic to bee stings, do not delay in finding medical assistance.

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