Bee and Wasp Sting (cont.)

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What are the complications of a bee or wasp sting?

Complications can include the development of infection at the sting site requiring treatment with antibiotics. Systemic allergic reactions can be life-threatening, as discussed above.

How can I prevent a bee or wasp sting?

You can take preventive measures to decrease your chance of being stung by an insect. Effective prevention tips include the following:

  • Avoid, and do not disturb, hives and nests
  • When participating in outdoor activities, avoid fragranced body products, bright colors, and sugary drinks
  • Wear long sleeves and long pants outdoors
  • Do not walk barefoot outdoors
  • Do not swat at swarming bees or wasps
  • Exercise caution around fruit trees and blooming flowers
  • Keep garbage away from outdoor activity areas

Medically reviewed by Michael Manning, MD; American Board of Allergy & Immunology REFERENCE: "Stinging insect hypersensitivity: A practice parameter update 2011" By Joint Task Force on Practice Parameters American Academy of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/11/2013

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