For most people being stung by a bee is unpleasant but not life threatening. If there is a risk of anaphylactic shock it is important that the people around know how to react. It is the process whereby the brain is left starved of oxygen when blood pressure drops. The lungs can also be affected, during anaphylaxis, and there will be a severe difficulty in breathing. The reaction happens very quickly so if you think someone is suffering from it, it will be best to seek medical attention right away.
The tongue is also likely to swell which will make it more difficult to breathe and as a lot of sufferers than begin to panic the condition is only made worse. A bee sting swelling must be dealt with as soon as possible.
Signs and Symptoms
• Anxiety will always be present as the sufferer has no control over what is happening.
• Breathing difficulties.
• Red skin or itchy rash.
• Swollen face, neck, hands or feet.
• Puffiness around the eyes.
• Increased pulse.
• Stomach pain, vomiting and diarrhea.
There is medication that can help treat anaphylaxis, and some sufferers will always carry it with them in anticipation of an attack so either ask them if they have anything or check bags if they don’t seem capable of answering. There could be an Epipen in the bag and there should be an injection given. If there does not seem to be much of a response put them in the recovery position until the emergency services arrive. If the person is having trouble breathing but does not appear to be losing consciousness help them to sit upright as this should help them to breathe. Other than this there does not seem to be much more first aid for anaphylactic shock.
If the person who has been stung does not have an allergy it will just be necessary to firstly take out the sting and then treat the swelling. The sting will burn and itch but it will not be unbearable. Cortisone creams are a good idea as is Caladryl. This works in the same way as calamine lotion but has an analgesic added.
There are also home remedies that can be tried. It is claimed that onion can help but others who have tried it say there is no soothing feeling and if anything the pain is worse. Add the smell that won’t go away and they won’t be trying that again. Honey has been tried probably on the basis that the bee produced it so it may be able to combat its sting. Most users found that it cooled the sting down for a while but was not a long term cure. The home remedy meant as treatment for a bee sting that seems to have the best effect is toothpaste. This will be a good thing to know as all houses will have some available. As long as the sting is removed, recovery should not be long and even though a bees sting is not pleasant for most it is not fatal.