Picnickers, hikers, gardeners and outdoor sportsmen have to contend with stings by yellow jackets, yellow hornets, wasps and honeybees and ants. Insect bites and stings can cause reactions ranging from minor irritation, to serious allergic or toxic reactions. More than 1 million Americans report allergic reactions to insect stings; about 50 people each year die from the stings.
Wear white or light-colored clothing. Wear long sleeves, pants, shoes and gloves when outdoors.
Rinse off perspiration. Use unscented products.
Fruit, sweet drinks, juices
Cover food and drinks.
Strong smelling perfume, cologne, hair products and lotions
Use fragrance free products. Wear repellant.
Uncovered trash cans, open bags of trash
Cover trash cans tightly and secure trash bags with ties.
Treat Insect Stings
Small local reaction: Use a cold compress with ice and take pain medicine.
Large local reaction: Elevate the sting and use a cold compress with ice, take pain medicine and antihistamine for itchiness.
Severe reaction: If you have swelling in the face, throat or tongue, difficulty breathing, dizziness, stomach cramps, nausea or diarrhea, or itchy hives in large areas, take antihistamine and call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department.