Stings from bees or wasps are common minor injuries. Most stings just cause a painful reaction at the site of the sting, but allergies to bee or wasp stings can cause life-threatening reactions in some cases.
Signs and symptoms of a bee or wasp sting include
- pain, and
- redness at the affected site.
If an allergic reaction occurs, the associated symptoms and signs can become more severe and include
- breathing difficulties,
- a sudden drop in blood pressure,
- loss of consciousness,
- weak pulse,
- lightheadedness, and
- severe swelling of the throat, lips, or face resulting in difficulty swallowing.
Causes of bee and wasp stings
Honeybees and yellow jacket wasps are common causes of insect stings.
Other bee and wasp sting symptoms and signs