Bee and Wasp Sting: Symptoms & Signs

Medically Reviewed on 9/28/2019

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

  • swelling,
  • pain, and
  • redness at the affected site.

If an allergic reaction occurs, the associated symptoms and signs can become more severe and include

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

  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling


Allergies can best be described as: See Answer

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Kasper, D.L., et al., eds. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 19th Ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Education, 2015.