No one likes getting stung by any type of insects, whether it’s bee and wasp stings, spider or ant bites, or any other irritating or painful attack. Unfortunately for some people, stings and bites can result in more than just itching or pain. Animal Remover’s blog is here to be a great resource for information and advice on wildlife control, and we can help you understand why honey bee removal might be more important than you realize.
What Is a Bee Allergy?
Like any other allergy, whether it’s hay fever or an allergy to certain types of detergent, an allergy to bee stings is caused by the body’s immune system overreacting to something it shouldn’t. In the case of bee and wasp stings, this reaction is typically a type called anaphylaxis.
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Anaphylaxis is an extreme reaction where a release of chemicals in the body because of certain stimuli (like the venom in a bee sting) overwhelms the system, causing the victim to suffocate unless they get help. Even honey bees, which are relatively docile unless they’re provoked, have the potential to cause this reaction in someone who is allergic, which is what makes honey bee removal so important.
Signs and Symptoms
If someone is allergic to bee or wasp stings, how do you know when they’re having a reaction? Very few people will just shrug off a sting from a bee. The pain is usually instant and intense, with the bee leaving its stinger behind, embedded in the skin. Even after removing the stinger, a sting from a bee will typically throb for a while afterward. Some people may find the pain more intense than others, while some will see more swelling or redness around the sting. These are the kind of reactions to initially watch, just in case they get worse.
But, in the case of an anaphylactic reaction, there are some key symptoms to look out for that come on soon after the attack:
- Difficulty Breathing
- Swelling in the throat and of the tongue
- Nausea, vomiting, and severe stomach upset
- Hives, severe itching, or suddenly pale skin
These are all pretty clear signs, and mean that the person who got stung is severely allergic. If the reaction is this severe, you’ll need to call 911 and get them treated as soon as possible.
Looking at the symptoms listed above, it’s easy to see why bee and wasp sting allergies can be serious – often life-threatening – and why honey bee removal is important. If untreated, or just not treated quickly enough, the difficulty in breathing can lead to brain damage or death.
Hives and severe itching can lead to open wounds and further infection, while vomiting and diarrhea can lead to severe dehydration. All of these are especially risky if this reaction is happening in a young child, or someone older, or someone with an immunodeficiency disorder.
Not Knowing If You’re Allergic
Another risk that’s less obvious when it comes to bee and wasp allergies is that you, or someone who lives in your home, may not even know about it. We all spend our lives avoiding being stung by bees, wasps, or any other defensive insects, and some of us manage to make it to adulthood without ever being stung. While this is definitely a plus, it also means you might have no idea whether you have an allergy.
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If you’re not sure whether you’re allergic to insect stings, you can talk to your GP about getting a full allergy test. Someone who does suffer from this allergy will have to carry an epinephrine autoinjector (an EpiPen) with them, in case they get stung. It’s also even more reason why, if you find an infestation in your home or property, you need honey bee removal.
Honey Bee Removal And Avoiding Danger
As useful and productive as honey bees are for us, the existence of allergies in some people make it risky to be around them at home. Bees are defensive, and will only sting if they, or their hive, are threatened. Having a hive or a large number in your home increases the chance of them using their sting as a defense, potentially in larger numbers. Contact Animal Remover if you need honey bee removal.