Wasp sting and bee

Written by: Dr. Alfonso Miranda Paez
Edited by: Top Doctors®

The sting of a wasp or bee occurs when these are threatened. Their venom carries chemicals that cause intense pain but also proteins to which one can become allergic.

Wasp sting

Wasps and bees are insects that belong to the order Hymenoptera, of which there are more than 200,000 described species. Females have changed their egg-laying apparatus, becoming a thorn that serves as a defense organization. When they threatened nail it, inoculating the poison they have. This carries chemicals that irritate and cause severe pain in the affected skin area but also carries some proteins that we can do Available.


Wasp sting allergy


People with allergies to bee sting or bee may have different reactions after sting.

  • The most common is a large local reaction that can affect all members, although these cases are not serious themselves are very upset.
  • The least common is that present a systemic allergic reaction that can range from a generalized urticaria, general malaise or strong itching to severe situation that endangers the patient's life (anaphylaxis, shock, ....).

In our country it is estimated that more than 800,000 allergic to bee or wasp venom. Fatal cases there are only between 10 and 20.


Wasp sting treatment


Allergy to these insects is easily diagnosed with a skin tests made by expert hands are little or no annoying and devoid of any risk. Once done an accurate diagnosis, cases of systemic reactions should be treated with a vaccine insect venom involved, we can say today is that after a treatment period of between three and five years, cures the patient.


Wasp sting, home remedies


Home remedies for wasp sting is to apply ice to the area, it is better if the field is wet clay, as long as the case of a local reaction. The ammonia in this case has little utility. If it is a generalized reaction, in addition to call 061 immediately or go to the emergency, we must reassure the patient and adopt a supine position elevating the legs. Obviously if you have self-injectable epinephrine (rare at home), that would be the first.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection
Dr. Alfonso Miranda Paez

By Dr. Alfonso Miranda Paez
Allergy & Immunology

Dr. Miranda is a benchmark in Allergology. He completed his training abroad with a Masters in Asthma at the prestigious Harvard University. He received the award SEAIC Dome Research in 1986. He is an expert in asthma and numerous allergies, including stings of wasps and bees.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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