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Bee Stings

Bee stings are a hazard of being a bee-keeper. Some keepers think it is good for you and operate without gloves, itís believed you become immune and the bee venom can be helpful towards certain ailments. This is obviously personal choice, but if you get stung it kills the bee as it rips off the rear of the abdomen of the beeís body.

Attached to the sting is a muscle, the bee flies off leaving the poison sack and muscle attached to the victim. The muscle continues to pump venom into its victim. The best way to remove the sting is NOT to pinch it with finger and thumb, this squeezes all the poison in the venom sack into the victim. Instead scratch the sting out with a fingernail or sharp implement as soon as possible. The sting sack gives off an odour, this attracts other bees that think the bee is in danger.

The anatomy of a honeybee
The anatomy of a honeybee

If a bee gets caught up in your hair it will most probably end up stinging you because it will panic as it gets entangled and unable to get out. The best method if this happens is to slap it and squash it against your head quickly before it stings. This does not always work and could result in you getting stung anyway, but it is apparently the most efficient way.

If you have been stung and the sting has been removed, quickly use a bee sting antidote. This just helps to alleviate the pain and reduce the swelling a little. A cold compress is also very good for reducing swelling.

Some people may be susceptible to Anaphylactic Shock from stings. If they show signs and symptoms of shock, like light headiness, difficulty breathing and general distress, call for medical assistance immediately. It is also advantageous to place them in the recovery position and ensure their airway is clear.

The recovery position
The recovery position

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