Yes, wasp stings do hurt. There is no way of avoiding the pain of a wasp sting but once you’ve been stung there are a few key things you can do to lessen the pain and soreness.
We’ve been stung a few times and have learned from experience what to do and what not to do. The main rule is to seek medical attention if you are or think you may be allergic to wasp or bee stings.
Unlike bees, wasps do not leave their stinger behind in your skin when they sting you. This means that a wasp can sting you multiple times. Because of this, it’s extremely important to remain calm, a wasp typically only stings when it’s afraid and defending itself. If you start panicking, the wasp will become more agitated and could sting you again.
Remove the Venom
The best way to reduce the pain and soreness, is to remove the venom. To quickly and painlessly remove the wasp venom, use the Bug Bite Thing to extract the venom in a matter of seconds. With two easy steps, the wasp venom is removed from your skin and you’re able to get back to enjoying the outdoors. The Bug Bite Thing is a problem eliminator and this includes the hurt that comes with wasp stings.
Monitor for Swelling
It’s not uncommon for wasp stings to cause some minor swelling. Keep your eye on this and make sure the swelling remains isolated to the sting area. You can apply some ice to help reduce any swelling and to take residual irritation away.
Some people do experience an allergic reaction to wasp stings. If you have trouble breathing you must seek medical treatment immediately. Other symptoms of an allergic reaction to be aware of include: hives or itching, dizziness, lightheadedness, or stomach cramps. If you experience any of these symptoms, do contact a medical professional.
Here are a few facts about wasps that will help you better understand how and why they react the way they do:
- When a wasp stings you, it releases a chemical that signals to the rest of wasp colony to attack.
- Only female wasps can sting you.
- Yellow jacket wasps can appear to be quite aggressive, this is because they’re protecting their nests.
- Yellow jackets nests are food for racoons, skunks, and bears.
- Wasps are attracted to yellow and white - so avoid wearing these colors when working in your garden.
- Yellow jacket wasps build their nests on the ground, so when you’re out in nature, keep your eyes out for these ground nests.
- Wasps will only sting if they perceive a threat.
Being stung by a wasp is an unpleasant experience but it definitely shouldn’t deter you from enjoying the outdoors. Remember to not overreact when you see a wasp and remain calm. Doing this will more than likely ensure that you aren’t stung by a wasp.
If you are stung, make sure you have your Bug Bite Thing handy so you can get instant relief by removing the venom!