The one thing you can count on with the return of the summer months in Missouri is the return of the stinging insects. Each year the stings of yellow jackets, wasps, and hornets leave many with a painful sting and sends some people to the emergency room. And despite your best efforts to avoid these pests, sometimes you are just in the wrong place at the wrong time. If you do happen to get stung on your next hike, bike ride, or picnic, make sure to follow these steps to treat the sting.
1. First thing first, you want to start looking for any symptoms of an allergic reaction after you are stung. Some people have severe allergies to stinging insects and need to seek medical attention right away to avoid any major health threats. The symptoms and signs of an allergic reaction include:
Swelling in the face or throat
Hives that spread past the area of the sting
Extreme or fast changes in pulse or blood pressure
If any of these symptoms occur then it is important to seek medical care immediately. But if not, continue to the next step for relief of your sting.
2. To relieve the pain of the sting, take ibuprofen or acetaminophen according to the proper doses. You may also want to try an antihistamine but make sure to consult your doctor before taking medication.
3. Wash the site of the sting with soap and water to remove any dirt or bacteria.
4. Apply ice to the sting to help reduce swelling and further reduce the pain.
Remember that even if you were not allergic to stings in the past, if you were stung multiple times or even just once, it is possible to develop an allergy at any time. Make sure to keep an eye on the sting and your body’s reaction to ensure that you are not suffering from an allergic reaction.
For more information on how to get rid of the stinging insects on your St. Louis property, please contact Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions today. Although these pests are not always aggressive by nature, they are still dangerous to attempt to handle. Let the pest control professionals take the worry off your shoulders and effectively remove any nests or hives on your property.