Africanized Honey Bees, also known as "killer" bees, are becoming more prevalent in the area. As a matter of fact, they have been documented in every county of the state. But don't panic. Here's what to do if you are stung by bees.
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- Stay calm and get to a cool, indoor location.
- If you receive more than 10 or 12 stings, or notice any symptoms other than localized pain, itching or swelling, seek imediate medical attention.
- Keep the affected area below the heart.
- If the stingers are still in the skin, gently remove them with your fingernail, a credit card or blunt knife.
- Do not squeeze the stinger with your fingers or tweezers. The venom sac will still be attached, and if you squeeze it more venom will be injected.
- Apply cold compresses to relieve pain and swelling. Do not apply ice directly.
- Itching should subside within a few hours. If itching persists beyond a couple of days, or if you appear to be having some sort of allergic reaction, see a doctor.
- Symptoms of an allergic reaction include burning and itching, body swelling, body rash, difficulty breathing, weakness, nausea, shock or unconsiousness.
- If you know that you are allergic to bee stings, consult your doctor about a preventative anti-venom first-aid kit.
- If you see someone else being stung multiple times, call 9-1-1.