Wasp stings can be dangerous: this is how you can protect yourself
In the summer months it can easily happen that a wasp stings you. Such bites can not only be dangerous for people with insect bite allergies. But how can you protect yourself? And what helps if a wasp stabs you? You should definitely avoid a certain mistake.
Stinging a wasp can be life threatening
Wasp stings are not only painful, but in the worst case can even lead to death. If you want to avoid unnecessary risks in the summer months, you should take some tips to prevent a stitch or to mitigate its consequences. A very specific mistake should be avoided.
Do not suck out the poison with your mouth
"Contrary to popular belief, after a wasp sting, the poison should not be sucked out with the mouth," explains Dr. Utta Petzold, allergist at the Barmer health insurance company in a message.
According to the expert, it is better to cool the affected area to prevent the poison from spreading quickly.
According to experts, home remedies for wasp stings are also available. These include aloe vera, onions, fresh plantain, clove oil, alumina and vinegar water wraps or herbs from the garden such as parsley or basil.
A special warming device against insect bites, with which the poison is destroyed, can also help.
Scratching the skin should be avoided so that no bacteria can get into the skin.
Avoid wasp invitations
Dr. According to Petzold, openly standing food for wasps looking for food is a welcome invitation, especially in the late summer months, and should therefore be avoided.
“Be careful of wasps near garbage cans and waste baskets. In addition, the insects are attracted by falling fruit, ”said the expert.
It is therefore advisable not to harvest the fruit in the garden too late and to remove fall fruit regularly.
Other ways to protect yourself from wasps are smoke and fire. According to experts, it has proven effective to put lit coffee powder on the table.
Also dangerous for non-allergy sufferers
Dr. Petzold advises allergy sufferers to check at the start of the wasp season whether the emergency pharmacy is complete and whether its medicines are still stable.
"Anyone with a wasp allergy should always have their emergency medication within reach in the summer," says the expert.
“If that is not possible, it is important to keep calm with a stitch. The best thing to do is to make other people aware of your emergency so that they can call the emergency doctor. ”
Wasp stings in the mouth or throat can also be life-threatening for non-allergy sufferers.
In such cases, those affected should immediately suck ice and see a doctor, as swelling in these sensitive areas can make breathing difficult. If breathlessness occurs, you must immediately call the emergency doctor. (ad)