Common insect stings include hornet, bee and wasp stings but these are not essentially dangerous. However, if the person is allergic to the sting, it can be potentially fatal without immediate treatment. The first thing to do before treating insect stings is to ask the patient if they are aware of any allergies and what insect stung them. They may not be aware of an allergy so it is best to keep an eye on the patient in case of adverse reaction. In the meantime, try to keep the patient calm as they may be panicking or in some pain.
There will likely be some swelling and redness at the site of the sting so apply an ice pack for around ten minutes and raise the hand or area of the body that was stung. You can remove the sting if it is still visible, but don’t use tweezers as this may cause more poison to go into the wound. Use a blunt edge like a card or butter knife instead. Take them to see a doctor if the swelling persists or if the sting is in the mouth. This could result in swelling in the mouth which could block the airways so give them an ice cube to suck to prevent this. Allergic reactions may occur with symptoms of swelling to the face, neck, impaired breathing and a rash. This is early signs of anaphylaxis and requires emergency medical help. Call an ambulance.
Insect stings and children
Treating insect stings is relatively straightforward if there are no allergies but they can become complicated if there is an allergy to a sting. Children are more likely to be stung while outside, either in a playground, at school or at nursery. They may agitate the insect, unaware that it can sting. If they have been stung because they were not supervised adequately, and they suffer an allergic reaction, there may have been someone else at fault. They may not have enough staff to keep an eye on all the children or there may have been little to no supervision.
If your child has had any accident or has suffered any injury that was caused by negligence or because someone else was not adequately trained to look after them, you may be entitled to compensation. At Accident Advice Helpline, we believe that everyone has a right to safety and, if that safety is compromised, you have the right to compensation. Should you wish to discuss making a claim with no obligation, call our free 24-hour helpline and speak with our expert team. We work with a team of solicitors so we can choose the right one for you to help you pursue your case and we could potentially win you a substantial cash sum depending on the severity of the negligence and your injury.
Date Published: October 2, 2014
Author: David Brown