How best to protect yourself against bee stings
Whether or not you have had an allergic reaction to a bee sting, it is important to know what you can do in the eventuality that you do have a reaction. Some people have allergic reactions to bee or insect stings only after the second or third attack. If you have been stung several times and are noticing an escalating reaction to the stings, you need to be very careful because your next sting could lead to Anaphylactic shock, leading to death.
The first thing to do is try to prevent a bee sting. Avoid wearing bright colors, strong perfumes and colognes, being near exposed food, fresh or decomposing, in the summer and fall. Instead wear light colored clothing and keep yourself covered as much as possible. It is also important to wear footwear as bee stings often occur when you step on one.
Unfortunately bug sprays and insect repellents are not effective in the case of bees. If you disturb a colony of bees or a swarm attacks you, you need to protect yourself by running in a zigzag form as far away as possible and avoid taking cover under a tree or standing still. You should also not slap the bees away – you will get attacked.
If you have already had an allergic reaction to a bee sting before, you need to take even more precautions. Apart from carrying an epi-pen with you, you should still seek medical attention even if you have injected yourself. Often venom takes time to react and one dose of epinephrine may not be enough to counteract the effects of the stings.
In case your work or hobby requires you to be outdoors and exposed to areas which are known to have bees, and you have already suffered from allergic reactions, you can consider more intensive therapy to avoid such reactions.
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