For Richmond, Virginia residents, bees are a common sight during the spring and summer months. While bees are important for the ecosystem and help vegetables and flowers to grow, they can also be annoying or even dangerous. You may only suffer one bee sting in your life, but it can be very painful. Other people who have allergic reactions may need immediate medical attention. If you are stung by a bee, here is what you should do to treat it.
Treating Ordinary Bee Stings
If you are stung by a bee but do not have an allergic reaction, you can treat it at home. Start by removing the stinger, Then, wash the area where you were stung with soap and water. After you have washed it, use a cold compress to help bring down any swelling. To help you to relieve pain, you can take any over-the-counter pain-relieving medication such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. For stings on your legs or arms, elevate the stung body part. You can use calamine lotion or a hydrocortisone cream to help to reduce any itching, redness or swelling. If you become very itchy, you can take an antihistamine such as Benadryl. Avoid scratching your sting because doing so can increase the chances of infection.
Treatment for Bee Stings That Cause Allergic Reactions
Allergic reactions to bee stings can be very serious and may cause you to go into anaphylaxis. An anaphylactic reaction can cause you to stop breathing and your heart to stop beating. It is very important for you to seek immediate medical attention if you have an allergic reaction to a bee sting. Your doctor may give you a shot of epinephrine to help to stop the allergic response. If you are having trouble breathing, he or she may also administer oxygen. You might also need to get cortisone and antihistamines intravenously. After you have been treated, your doctor may prescribe an albuterol inhaler to help you breathe.
If you are allergic to bee stings, your doctor is likely to prescribe an epinephrine pen. It is important that you carry it with you all of the time in case that you are stung again. If you are, use it to inject yourself to stop the anaphylactic reaction. Finally, you may be prescribed immunotherapy, which is a series of allergy shots from an allergist to reduce your allergic reactions to bees.
Contact Accel Pest & Termite Control
If you have a problem with bees infesting your lawn or home, you may want to talk to the professionals at Accel Pest & Termite Control. We can help you to control the bees in your yard and around your home so that you can enjoy the outdoors with little worry about bees. Contact us today to learn more about how we might be able to help you.