A sting by a social or common wasp (also known as a yellow jacket) is a painful experience. It can be very upsetting and frightening for young children.
Wasp stings may even be life threatening to people allergic to the poison in stings. This allergic reaction is known as anaphylaxis.
People who have been stung several times previously and have become sensitised are more likely to suffer this systemic reaction.
The good news is that this type of allergic reaction is rare and it is even rarer for it to be fatal.
Wasps, like bees and hornets, are equipped with a stinger as a means of self-defense. A wasp’s stinger contains poisonous venom that is transmitted to humans during a sting. Wasps can sting more than once during an attack because their stingers remain intact. (A bee can only sting once, as the stinger of a bee becomes stuck in the skin of its victim.) However, even without leaving the stinger behind, wasp venom can cause pain and irritation
Treatments for Wasp Stings
It is difficult to know how you might react to a wasp sting, if you have never been stung before.
There are some practical things you can do to help with any pain you might feel
If itching or skin irritation becomes bothersome, use hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion to control the discomfort. Baking soda and colloidal oatmeal are additional ingredients that are soothing to the skin, and can be used in the bath or through medicated skin creams
If you are in any doubt about a wasp sting please consult a doctor or medical professional.
The allergic reaction anaphylaxis can occur when someone becomes sensitised to the poison in the sting. It is a rare reaction but can be fatal.
If someone has the following symptoms after being stung, immediately call for an ambulance:
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If we lost the bee's many of our dinners would look dramatically different
Do you think you could go a week without eating any of the item's from the list below ?
Never mind how much the bee is worth in monetary value to the food industry - the point I'm conveying is what would your dinner plate look like if we did not have the bee's working for us and pollinating so much of the food we eat
Hopefully the weather will be favourable over the next few weeks and we will have some local honey for sale
Fingers crossed and It won't be long - another 5 or 6 weeks before Declan and myself begin to harvest our local honey .
Seeing as I got the memory of a gnat - if you would like to reserve some of our local raw honey please fill out the form below - so we can keep track of who wants how many jars .
Currently we can not deliver jars of honey via An Post or courier , one wont take glass , the other wont take food stuff's ,
Local arrangement to meet you half way can be made upon requesting large quantities
If you would like to find out more about where our local honey comes from and our journey so far this year click here to follow our month by month updates
Day 2 on the Greenway from Mulranny to Achill Sound
One of our trips out on the Greenway
Day 3 in Mayo
An absolute stunning place to visit - find out more at http://www.ballycroynationalpark.ie/
Some of the images and views to be seeing on Achill Island , the Deserted Village and around Mayo
Some of my stories and ramblings
Beekeeping as a Hobby - find out more here