One of the biggest fears Central Floridians have in regards to insects is the sting that these pests can give. When most people are stung by an insect, they develop redness, swelling, and itching at the sting spot. However, a small number of people are allergic to these stings, meaning that their immune systems overreact to the venom produced when stung. For an even smaller number of people, these stings may be life-threatening. But, taking certain precautionary steps, including being aware of symptoms and knowing what habitats these insect live in, can help save a life.
The condition of severe venom allergy is called Anaphylaxis and symptoms can include: itching and hives, swelling in the throat or tongue, difficulty breathing, dizziness, stomach cramps, nausea, diarrhea, and even a rapid fall in blood pressure that can result in shock and loss of consciousness. Anaphylaxis is a medical emergency and can be fatal, so be certain the afflicted individual receives medical treatment immediately if they display these symptoms.
In order to avoid stinging insects, it is incredibly important to be able to identify them. Yellow jacket nests are made of a paper maché-like material and are usually located underground. Honeybees and bumble bees are typically non-aggressive, but will sting when provoked. Wild bees live in colonies in honeycombs located in hollow trees or cavities of buildings. Wasps’ nests are usually made of a paper-like material that forms a circular comb of cells which opens downward. Hornets are larger than yellow jackets, and their nests—typically gray and football-shaped—are found high about the ground in trees. Lastly, fire ants build high nests of dirt in the ground.
To prevent an insect sting, obviously the first precaution is to stay away from these insects. The insects are most likely to sting if their homes are disturbed. If flying stinging insects are close by, remain calm and move slowly away. Avoid being barefoot outside, and keep food covered until eaten. If you have been stung, remove the stinger within 30 seconds to avoid receiving more venom. Gently clean the area with soap and water, and use topical steroid ointment to relieve itching. See your physician if swelling progresses or if the sting site seems to be infected.
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