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What To Do

BEE STINGS

What to do
  • Use a knife, bankcard or your fingernail to gently scrape out the bee sting before cleaning the area concerned.

  • Avoid squeezing the sting as this may inject further venom into your skin.

  • Take particular care if you are allergic to bee stings, as they can cause an severe reaction known as anaphylactic shock, which can be potentially life threatening. If you know that you are allergic, carry an adrenalin injection and antihistamine pills at all times.

  • Remember you can develop an allergy to bees at any time in your life, even if you have never been allergic before.

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  • Symptoms of an allergic reaction include:

    • Difficulty breathing and swallowing

    • Wheezing sound

    • Pain in the abdomen/chest

    • Nausea and Vomiting

    • Feeling faint

    • Severe headaches

    • Skin changes, rash or itching

  • If you show signs of having a severe reaction to a bite or sting, you should call HEMS 082 695 1240 immediately or go to a hospital as soon as possible.

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