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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Wasp Stings and What To Look For

Audrey pre-wasp sting
Two of my grandchildren and I went out in the back yard this morning. Nolan, 4, had to use the bathroom, though, so I followed him inside, leaving Audrey, 6, to play on the swing set until I returned.

Last year, wasps had built nests inside the slide, but we hadn't noticed any activity there this year.

While Nolan and I were returning to the back yard, however, Audrey, who had been playing on the side and then jumped onto the swing set, was coming inside screaming that a wasp had stung her. As I am allergic to bee stings, I was concerned about what her reaction might be so I visited Mayo Clinic online to find out what to expect with a wasp sting.

According to Mayo Clinic, anyone stung by an insect should move to a safe area away from where the sting was delivered, remove the stinger (wasps won't leave a stinger), apply a cold pack, hydrocortisone cream, calamine lotion, or baking soda, and take an antihistamine.

The following signs (also from Mayo Clinic) indicate a severe reaction:

    •    Nausea
    •    Facial swelling
    •    Difficulty breathing
    •    Abdominal pain
    •    Deterioration of blood pressure and circulation (shock)

If reactions progress rapidly and include any of the following symptoms, call 911 immediately or visit your nearest emergency room:

    •    Difficulty breathing
    •    Swelling of the lips or throat
    •    Faintness
    •    Dizziness
    •    Confusion
    •    Rapid heartbeat
    •    Hives
    •    Nausea, cramps and vomiting

I applied Benadryl cream to the sting area and I'm keeping a close watch on Audrey, because reactions might not show up until tomorrow.

Delayed reactions could include "fever, hives, painful joints and swollen glands."

Now that we've taken care of the physical reactions, we have to concentrate on the emotional reactions, because Audrey now refuses to go outside anymore – she thinks the wasp will remember her.

For more information on what to do for insect bites, please CLICK HERE!

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