Summer is almost upon us and this means barbecues, hazy evenings, holidays and an influx of insects. If you’re jetting off on holiday this summer, or staying at home, you’ll be eager to avoid injuries and travel accidents; here is some advice for dealing with wasp stings.
There are lots of different types of insect, which can cause injury to humans, including wasps, bees, hornets, mosquitoes, midges and fleas. While bees, wasps and hornets sting, midges, mosquitoes and fleas bite. In the majority of cases, these injuries are not serious; however, people react in different ways and sometimes the reaction can be extreme.
Dealing with wasp stings
Insect stings often cause the surrounding skin to become red, swollen, itchy and irritated and these symptoms can last for a few days. In the case of wasp and hornet stings, the sting is not usually left behind; if you get stung by a bee, the sting is left in the skin and it should be removed. Minor wasp stings can be treated by keeping the area clean and placing a cold compress on the skin; this helps to soothe pain and reduce swelling. It’s important to try and resist the urge to scratch the skin, even if it is very itchy; this is because scratching can cause the wound to become infected. If the sting is painful, you can take over the counter pain relief.
In some cases, people have a very strong reaction to wasp stings and this is known as anaphylaxis; in this case, urgent medical treatment is required. Symptoms of anaphylaxis include wheezing, shortness of breath, skin rashes, which develop on other parts of the body, as well as around the sting, and problems with swallowing. Call 999 if you suffer these symptoms following a wasp sting.
Reducing the risk of bites and stings
Insect bites and stings are often inevitable, but there are some steps you can take to try and reduce the risk of accidents abroad and travel injuries; these include:
- wearing insect repellent
- steering clear of bins, which tend to attract wasps and bees
- staying away from garden and parks
- keeping clear of damp areas, such as swamps and marshland
- wearing long-sleeved tops and full length trousers
- sleeping under a net in countries where there is a risk of diseases, such as malaria
Claiming for a travel accident
If you’ve been involved in an accident abroad or injured on holiday and you weren’t at fault, call the personal injury lawyers at Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, to discuss claiming no-win no-fee* travel accident compensation.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice