Also known as: insect stings.
What are bee stings?
Most cases of bee stings are simply annoying and cause only mild pain or a bump. However, they can be a medical emergency for people who are allergic to bee stings.
What causes bee stings?
Stinging is a bee’s self-defense mechanism to a perceived threat. They typically don’t sting unless their routine or home has been disrupted in some manner.
What are the symptoms of bee stings?
Most people simply experience a sharp pain, a welt and a bit of swelling around the area that was stung. Severe cases can cause difficulty breathing, swelling of the tongue and throat, a weak pulse, dizziness, vomiting and loss of consciousness.
What are bee sting care options?
Most people will require little to no treatment for bee stings. Removing the stinger with a tweezers might be required. People who are allergic to bee stings may need to keep epinephrine on hand to prevent a severe reaction in response to a bee sting. Emergency medical care is required for people in this situation.
Reviewed by: Jose R. Rosa-Olivares, M.D.
This page was last updated on: September 09, 2020 11:22 AM