Bee Allergy

Bee Allergy Signs. Common Allergies and Symptoms From Bee Stings & Intolerance.

My family and I were at Adventure Island in Tampa, FL. It was getting late but my kids wanted to stay a bit longer. 

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We took them Splash Attack where they could run off the rest of their energy. I was lying on a chair and dared to move a bit. That's when I felt it. A sharp stinging pain the side of my foot. I'd been stung by a bee.

What Is A Bee Allergy?

A bee sting allergy is your body's hyperactive state when it come into contact with something its allergic to. For most people a bee sting is not serious, just a bit painful. For those that are allergic to bees the signs and symptoms usually develop within a few seconds to a few minutes after being stung.

Some people can have an allergic reaction or intolerance to a bee sting which causes unwanted symptoms. Symptoms vary from person to person and can display themselves in a variety of ways.

Symptoms Of Bee Sting Allergy

These are the typical allergy reactions:

  • Normal reaction is pain, redness, and swelling at the site of the bee sting
  • A larger reaction is when the entire area starts to swell. If you get stung on your foot, as I did, your entire leg may swell up.
  • In severe cases with a bee allergy the victim can get Anaphylaxis shock which is very dangerous. 

It's a life-threatening emergency that requires immediate medical attention. Many times those that are susceptible to anaphylaxis shock will carry epinephrine, sometimes called an EpiPen. This gives the person a shot of adrenalineand offers enough time to get him to the emergency room. 

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Anaphylaxis symptoms can include:

Difficulty in breathing. The victim may have a swollen throat or airway making it difficult to breathe.

  • Facial flush
  • Lightheadedness 
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Severe drop in blood pressure
  • Stomach pain

Bee Sting First Aid Treatment

If you're stung by a bee, the first thing to do is stay calm as best you can. The bee will normally leave the stinger in your skin. Remove the stinger and scrape the sac area with your fingernail. Get to the bathroom and wash the affected area with soap and water. You can apply an ointment like hydrocortisone then cover with a bandage.

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Another remedy is to use moist tobacco. Skoal or Kodiak are good choices. I carry a less expensive brand called Longhorn. Take a pinch and put it on the affected area after you remove the stinger. The nicotine soaks up a little bit of the venom and lessens the painful effects.  

How To Avoid Being Stung?

I would encourage you to learn bee, wasp, hornet, and yellow jacket's environment and take measures to avoid them:

When You Go Out

  • Avoid any known areas with a heavy concentration of stinging insects
  • If you have a bee allergy and want to go walking, hiking, camping or some other outdoor activity, take a friend with you. If you encounter a bee(s) DO NOT swat at them. Calmly walk away.
  • Proper clothing: Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, socks, and shoes 
  • Take a shower before going outside and don't wear perfume, especially flowery scents
  • Know the nesting areas. Bees make hives. Hornets and wasps can be found on trees, houses, and buildings. Yellow jackets normally live in the ground, fallen trees, or open logs. Don't kick them.
  • Wear darker clothing. Bugs and insects are attracted to bright clothing.
  • Where a medical bracelet and carry an EpiPen if you have severe bee allergy. This will alert people about your situation if you cannot speak.

And Around Your Home

  • Check around  and up and down your house for wasp nests and a bee colony. Have them promptly removed.
  • Don't have flowering plants around your home. They're a magnet for bees. Also remove ivy and keep your yard clean and manicured.
  • Keep a few cans of insect and wasp insecticide in your home at all times
  • Keep trash cans covered
  • One of the best ways to keep insects to a minimum around your house is to destroy their environment. Remove anything that could be their home. 
  • Use insect screens on doors and windows

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