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  • Bee Stings
    Updated On: Jun 04, 2013




           BEE STINGS-                                                                


           Bee Stings include:

    • Instant, sharp burning pain at the sting site
    • A red welt at the sting area
    • A small, white spot where the stinger punctured the skin
    • Slight swelling around the sting area

    In most people, swelling and pain go away within a few hours and only cause minor discomfort.

    Signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction to bee stings can include:

    • A large area of swelling (edema at the sting site
    • Itching or hives all over your body
    • Cough, chest tightness, wheezing or shortness of breath

    A severe allergic reaction to bee stings can cause:

    • Lightheadedness
    • Loss of consciousness
    • Upset stomach, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting or other digestive issues



    In most cases, bee stings are a minor problem that gets better quickly with home treatment.  However, if you have a serious reaction, you’ll need medical attention.

    • Call 911 or other emergency services if you’re having a serious reaction to a bee sting that includes, lightheadedness, loss of consciousness, trouble breathing, swelling of the throat or hives.  If you were prescribed an emergency epinephrine autoinjector (EpiPen, Twinject), use it right away as your doctor directed.
    • Make an appointment to see your doctor if bee sting symptoms don’t go away within a few days, or if you’ve had other symptoms of an allergic response following a bee sting.


    Polly Peixoto, Lori Dickerson – Safety Committee Co-Chairs




    Source:  Mayo Clinic

    CWA/Qwest Safety Committee

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