Yellow jackets are insects similar to honey bees, but without the buzzing noise. When these insects are agitated they can sting even without provocation. As the name suggests yellow jackets are black and yellow. They are commonly found in North America and often mistaken as bees. They can be differentiated from honey bees as they do not have dense brown hairs on their body.
Unlike honey bees, they sting many times. The stings of yellow jackets are extremely painful. Sometimes the venom released by yellow jacket sting can cause allergic reaction. This allergy can be life threatening.
Symptoms Yellow Jacket Bee Sting
Just like many insects, yellow jackets live in colonies. They make their nest in crevices of walls and ceilings. Yellow jacket also nests in hollow logs and trees. In normal circumstances after an insect bite, the body reacts to neutralize the venom. It may not be an allergic reaction always.
The most common symptoms that are observed are pain, swelling, itching at the affected site. The area around the sting becomes warm. These finding are generally common in many insect sting. But the intensity and severity of yellow jacket sting is much more than other wasp and bee sting. These symptoms generally subside after 24 to 72 hours.
Sometimes yellow jacket sting can cause potential life threatening allergic reaction called anaphylaxis reaction. This reaction can be instant or after a period of time. The patient will experience difficulty in breathing and wheezing. There is rapid swelling of lips, face, tongue and throat. Patient may feel dizzy. The pulse becomes fast and blood pressure becomes low.
Home Remedies For Yellow Jacket Bee Stings
Unlike honey bees, yellow jacket is known to cause multiple stings.
- Apply ice at the site of the sting. Do not apply ice directly. Put few cubes of ice in a clean cloth and foment the affected area with it. It reduces pain and inflammation.
- Make a paste of baking soda powder and water. Apply it over the painful site of yellow jacket sting.
- The next most important home remedy for stings of wasps as that of yellow jacket is vinegar. Soon after the sting, apply vinegar over the affected site.
- You can also apply lemon juice over the bite as it is handy and found in most kitchens.
- Keeping onion slice over the sting area helps to heal wound faster. It relieves pain and swelling.
- Application of mud pack is supposed to reduce the after effects of yellow jacket sting.
- Meat tenderizer is another effective home remedy for treating symptoms of yellow jacket stings. Apply meat tenderizer mixed with water over the area.
Sometime after the yellow jacket sting, there is a delayed reaction. A delayed reaction may present with fever, fatigue or sudden feeling of illness. This may happen several hours after the bite. If such symptoms are noticed the person should consult the doctor immediately. Children and aged people who are stung by yellow jacket should consult immediately to the doctor.