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It’s a warm summer day and you are out by the pool. After a peaceful time in the water, you hear a humming sound and then a subsequent painful feeling shooting up your arm. You were just stung by a wasp. With 7 million Americans allergic to bee stings, it is important to know what to do in case this situation arises. Some tips on avoiding bees include:

  • Avoiding heavy floral perfumes and scents
  • Wearing light color clothing without floral prints
  • Preventing spills and seal sugary foods and drinks

However, for some unlucky few they are still going to get stung by a wasp or bee. Signs of a mild bee sting include pain, tenderness, itchiness, and swelling at the sting site. When this happens the following steps can be taken to treat the bite:

  • Remove the stinger as soon as possible
  • Wash the area with soap and water
  • Apply a cold compress
  • Apply hydrocortisone cream to ease the itching and redness
  • If itching is bothersome take an oral antihistamine
  • Avoid scratching the area
  • Monitor in case symptoms worsen

In some rare cases, emergency medical attention maybe required. If the following symptoms begin to develop, seek a medical professional immediately:

  • Hives, itchiness, and swelling over a large portion of the body
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Trouble breathing
  • Swelling of the tongue or face
  • Dizziness or feeling like you are about to pass out

Do not let the fear of bees ruin your summer. Take this new knowledge and go out and have fun!

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