Allergic response, in layman’s term is the human body’s overreaction to a normally harmless substance known as “allergen”. Furthermore, allergic reactions otherwise termed as hypersensitivity reactions are immune responses to an allergen that is perceived as threat to the human body. In attempt to get rid of the allergen, sneezing, coughing, inflammation, difficulty of breathing happens.
There is a wide array of allergens in the surroundings. Fibres, smoke, seafoods, venom, insect bites, and bee sting are only a few of the common ones. In hypersensitivity reactions, the body follows a common pathway, producing chemical substances that would lead to inflammation, fluid production, rashes and even difficulty of breathing. What is important to learn is how to stop, and counter these reactions once it occurs.
Evidences are apparent that bee stings are indeed fatal especially to those who are hypersensitive to it. Contrary to the popular belief, the word bee sting is a collective term for sting of a bee, wasp yellow jacket or a hornet.
Most of the time, it’s normal to experience localised soreness and tenderness, along with the prime signs of inflammation following a bee sting. These symptoms can be dealt with at home topical anti-inflammatory medications and cold compress. However, for more serious cases of hypersensitivity reactions, where the patient experiences extreme facial swelling and difficulty of breathing, prompt emergency health care services is crucial. In such severe situations, medications such epinephrine are used. Nevertheless, bee stings should be taken seriously.
Apparently, we cannot prevent a bee from stinging a victim, it’s their nature. What we can do is to avoid attracting them instead. If you are diagnosed with allergy to bee stings, avoid colourful clothing and perfume because bees are attracted to bright colours and floral scent. In addition, residential pest control services are always available to eradicate pests for you. All you need to do is grab your telephone and call them. They’ll be in your home in no time to help you with your pest trouble. After all, prevention is better than cure.