Honey Bee Sting - Use Bee Suits

Bee suits prevent honey bee stings.  A honey bee is able to sting a person or predator using its stinger, which is a part of the six segments of the abdomen. When a honey bee stings, its stinger, the poison sac and other parts of the bee’s body are destroyed, killing the bee. Although the bee dies, its sting takes effect quickly because its barbs drive the venom deep into the victim’s skin. If not removed quickly, the symptoms gradually increase.  Professionals always wear a beesuit when working around bees.

 

Honey bee stings are known to be very painful, but the symptoms that result from a sting vary depending on the amount of poison that has entered the immune system of the victim. The initial pain eventually fades, but only after a period of swelling and itching. Some individuals may also experience visible signs, including redness of the skin around the sting. Although the sting of a honey bee is not commonly hazardous, some people may be allergic to the bee’s venom and will experience such severe side-effects as nausea, fainting and, in extreme cases, death.

 

While a honey bee sting may appear mild, one should consider treatment immediately. One method of sting removal is to use a credit card or blunt knife to swipe the affected area of the skin clean. Venom may be removed within two to three minutes.

 

A cold compress can lessen the pain and ease the swelling and itch experienced after a honey bee sting. Creams containing skin coolants will also accomplish this. If redness persists, it is advisable to take an over-the-counter pain reliever or antihistamine in tablet form. If symptoms persist or worsen, or if a rash occurs, emergency medical services should be contacted.

 

source: http://www.orkin.com/stinging-pests/bees/honey-bee-sting/