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What should i do if a yellow jacket stings me?

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Answer # 1 #

If a yellow jacket sting causes a mild reaction that can be treated at home, there are several steps a person can take. These include the following steps:

Applying a steroid cream

Putting a 1 percent hydrocortisone cream onto the sting site can help to reduce itching and swelling. This medication is available over the counter or online and should be applied three times a day.

Applying a paste to the sting

Make a paste by mixing water and meat tenderizer powder. This powder contains enzymes that can neutralize the yellow jacket’s venom. As a result, pain and swelling will decrease. Do not apply this paste near a person’s eye.

Another option is to make a paste of baking soda. Remove the paste after 20 minutes.

Applying cold

Rubbing a sting with an ice cube can help to reduce pain, as can applying an ice pack. However, always wrap the ice pack in a cloth to protect the skin from damage.

Taking an over-the-counter pain reliever

Pain relief medications can help reduce the pain and discomfort associated with a yellow jacket sting. Some are available for purchase over the counter or online, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen.

Taking a dose of diphenhydramine (Benadryl)

This medication can help to reduce hives or the severe itching that can sometimes accompany a yellow jacket sting. Benadryl is available for purchase over the counter or online.

Using an EpiPen

Severe allergic reactions are usually treated with an injection of epinephrine, which can reverse the effects of an allergic reaction. If a person experiences serious allergic reactions, a doctor will typically prescribe an epinephrine injector, which is also known as an EpiPen. People should carry this device with them at all times to reduce the risk of having an allergic reaction.

Makati Bhosale
Answer # 2 #

In most people, a yellowjacket sting produces an immediate pain at the sting site. There will be localized reddening, swelling and itching. Unlike a bee, a yellowjacket will not leave a barbed stinger in the skin.

A yellowjacket will often bite the skin to get a better grip, and then jab its stinger into a person's flesh repeatedly.

Here's what to do if you or someone with you is stung by a yellowjacket:

If the sting is to the throat or mouth, seek medical attention immediately! Swelling in these areas can cause suffocation.

Signs that a person may be allergic…

The above symptoms after a sting point to anaphylaxis -- a severe allergic reaction that can be life-threatening.

If you’re with someone who is experiencing anaphylaxis, you should:

Sheena Babbitt
Locomotive Engineer
Answer # 3 #

The 2 greatest risks from most insect stings are allergic reaction (which can be fatal in some people) and infection (more common and less serious).

Bees, wasps, yellow jackets, and hornets belong to a class of insects called Hymenoptera. Most insect stings cause only minor discomfort. Stings can happen anywhere on the body and can be painful and frightening. Most stings are from honey bees or yellow jackets. Fire ants, usually found in southern states, can sting multiple times. The sites of the stings are more likely to become infected.

The following are the most common symptoms of insect stings. However, each person may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:

Large, local reactions do not usually lead to more serious generalized reactions. However, they can be life-threatening if the sting happens in the mouth, nose, or throat area. Swelling in these areas can cause breathing difficulties.

Treatment for local skin reactions may include the following:

Call 911 or your local emergency medical service (EMS) for immediate care if the sting was in the mouth, nose, or throat area, or if any other serious symptoms happen.

Emergency medical treatment may include the following:

To reduce the possibility of insect stings while outdoors, try the following:

Barry Pokras
Answer # 4 #
  • Wash the wound carefully with soap and water.
  • Apply cold water or ice in a wet cloth, or a paste of meat tenderizer with water.
  • Take a pain reliever or an oral antihistamine to reduce swelling.
  • Apply a calamine product to reduce itching.
  • Lie down.
Janaki Lucknowi
Answer # 5 #

While most people can treat themselves by icing the sting and taking an antihistamine, others may require medical intervention, as allergic reactions—which, in some cases, can be serious—can occur. Here's what you should know about preventing yellow jacket stings—and what to do if you get stung.

Keeping a safe distance from yellow jackets can help you avoid their brutal sting. You can distinguish yellow jackets by their smooth, slim appearance and long, dark wings. Though bees can also have yellow and black markings, they are usually stout and hairy with light-colored wings.

Yellow jackets are also meat-eating predators, while bees solely get nourishment from flower nectar. Yellow jackets are predators and scavengers that are readily attracted by sugars and proteins in picnic foods. If you are eating outdoors and find yourself surrounded by yellow jackets, leave the scene immediately.

Yellow jackets are naturally aggressive and will only get more aggressive if you try to shoo them away. Provoking them with smoke, insecticides, or other means may increase your chances of being stung. In addition, when provoked, yellow jackets release chemicals into the air known as pheromones, which call other yellow jackets to join them in an attack.

When a yellow jacket stings you, its stinger pierces your skin and injects a venom that causes sudden and often extreme pain. You may also develop redness and swelling around the site of the sting a few hours later.

Unlike a bee sting, a yellow jacket will not leave its stinger behind once you've been stung. As such, you won't need to pull out the stinger as you might with a bee.

If you've been stung and are experiencing pain without other symptoms, you can treat the injury by following these steps:

A number of home remedies can be also found online, including applying baking soda and water, vinegar, or commercial meat tenderizers to the site of a sting. While some people strongly believe in these do-it-yourself remedies, there is no evidence to support their effectiveness. Proceed with caution before trying any of those remedies at home.

Systemic allergic reactions to insect stings affect up to 5% of the population during their lifetime, according to a 2015 study published in the Journal of Asthma and Allergy.

Some insect stings can cause a potentially life-threatening allergy known as anaphylaxis. This tends to occur more with honeybees than yellow jackets since their stinging mechanism can remain embedded in the skin and continue to release venom long after the sting. Still, it is possible with a yellow jacket sting.

Overall, roughly three of every 100 people stung by an insect will experience anaphylaxis, according to 2007 research from the John Hopkins Asthma and Allergy Center.

Symptoms of anaphylaxis include:

Anaphylaxis to an insect sting can develop at a terrifyingly rapid pace, with symptoms often appearing within five to 10 minutes. Delayed reactions, also known as biphasic anaphylaxis, are more common with food and drugs than insect stings.

If left untreated, anaphylaxis can lead to shock, unconsciousness, coma, asphyxiation, cardiac or respiratory failure, and death.

If you are at risk of anaphylaxis, ask your healthcare provider for a referral to an allergist for immunotherapy treatments (also known as allergy shots). The aim of the immunotherapy is to desensitize you to the insect venom by introducing tiny amounts into your body at regular intervals.

If successful, immunotherapy may help prevent anaphylaxis. However, it may not erase all of your allergy symptoms.

Marklen Phenix
Cardiac Nursing