Bee, Wasp, Hornet, Yellow Jacket

Certain Type of bees, when they sting will lose their stinger and die. For wasps, hornets, or yellow jackets, they do not lose their stinger. Consequently, they can inflict multiple stings.  These stings can cause serious reactions in individuals that are allergic to them.


If you get stung by a wasp, hornet, or yellow jacket, and you don’t get an allergic reaction from the sting: remove the stinger, clean the sting site, put ice on site, take an oral antihistamine for itching, and take a painkiller such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain relief. If a severe anaphylactic reaction occurs, use an EpiPen, if you have one available. You should call emergency care immediately. While you wait, you should lie down and carefully remove stinger.


Valley Occupational Medical Center


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