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What to do if you are bitten by a bee or a wasp: a guide

Что делать, если тебя укусила пчела или оса: руководство

Sting and insect bites are painful conditions associated with insect bites (mainly Hymenoptera and Diptera).

Sting is the common name for a pointed organ or body part of various animals and plants, used to inject a poisonous or stinging substance under the victim's skin (sting) or to apply an electric shock. The piercing of the victim’s tissues occurs due to the sting's own movements, unlike other organs, such as the teeth, using the force of the jaws or spines, using the movements of the victim.

Hardly bee venom can cause you a lot of problems, but here the day will spoil for sure. See how to act to minimize the consequences.

You must know that when you bite a bee, you first need to remove the sting. And here's why: “There is a cavity with poison in the sting, so the sooner you remove it, the less poison will fall into your blood,” explains the ambulance officer at Langon Medical Center at New York University Reshma Patel. According to a study conducted at the University of Arizona (USA), more than 90% of the poison from the bee sting enters the blood within 20 seconds after being bitten.

So try to remove the sting as soon as possible. You can use the edge of the credit card, the tip of the knife or tweezers. Nail in the end. But whatever you use, be careful: first, do not squeeze out even more poison from the stinger, and second, do not put an infection in the wound. After removing the enemy projectile, wash the bite with soap and water. If the bite is burning, and the redness and swelling persist, attach ice for 20 minutes to slow down the reaction. In most cases, everything goes in a couple of hours. If you want to speed up the process a bit, doctors advise you to lift up the part of the body that you have been bitten. This causes blood to drain, and the swelling subsides.

Что делать, если тебя укусила пчела или оса: руководство

And the last step: spread the bite on the site with an anti-inflammatory, antipruritic cream (ask at the pharmacy). Well, if you are allergic to such cases, you can not do without the antihistamine. Important: Especially careful with bites should be those who have had anaphylactic shock: if the body is acutely responsive to one allergen, then it can also react to another, in this case to bee venom. Signs of a serious allergic reaction are swelling of the throat, tongue or eyes, difficulty breathing, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, dizziness and loss of consciousness.