Common Symptoms Resulting from Bee Stings

With over 25,000 species stretching across every continent except Antarctica, bees are one of the more common flying insects that most people will encounter. Although they usually will not employ their defenses unless provoked, a bee sting nevertheless can produce pain and various side effects depending on the individual.

Common Reactions

Bee, wasp, hornet, or yellow jacket stings can be painful, but that is typically the extent of the injury. Symptoms usually subside within hours. The most common reactions to stings are mild:

  • Sharp pain at site of sting
  • Swelling of skin
  • Red welt around white spot where stinger penetrated

Stronger Reactions

Less commonly, people stung by bees suffer more severe reactions. These symptoms tend to resolve themselves within five to 10 days, and don’t necessarily indicate a dangerous allergy. If reactions become more severe with subsequent stings, consult your doctor. Some symptoms of a moderate reaction can include:

  • More noticeable redness near sting site
  • Swelling around area which grows larger for 1-2 days

Allergic Reactions

People who are allergic to the venom from bee stings can experience a potentially life-threatening reaction if stung, called anaphylaxis. Signs of a severe allergic reaction are as follows:

  • Itchy hives and flushed or pale skin
  • Swelling of tongue and throat
  • Difficult breathing
  • Weak or rapid pulse
  • Dizziness, fainting
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
  • Loss of consciousness

Seek immediate medical assistance if you experience any of these symptoms, or if you are stung by multiple bees, which can result in a dangerous accumulation of venom in the system. For more information about honey bee removal in Durham, please visit this website.


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David has over 10 years of experience dealing with Pest Control situations.
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