Wasps and Sting Prevention

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This site explains simple actions you can take to avoid being stung by a wasp

A wasp sting treatment guide compiled from high quality UK internet sites can be found by clicking Treatment on the white "First Aid" cross above and to the right.

Author Background

Sue McBean is the author of this website. She is a public health nurse and nurse academic, formerly working at the University of Ulster. She is also a biologist and photographer.

Wasp sting prevention

Detailed but simple advice is presented for you to follow so that you can avoid wasp stings . Wasp stings can be avoided by understanding their biology, in particular the effects of food or flower smells and disturbance. The prevention of wasp stings was a neglected topic until this site was published.

Serious allergy to wasp stings

Wasp sting prevention is of great value to people with systemic allergy, many of whom don’t know they have the allergy. Even where allergy is absent, the aftermath of wasp stings to the face, neck and mouth can be life threatening and multiple wasp stings can have serious health consequences. Although the level of severe allergy may be quite high in the population as a whole, the chances of dying from a wasp sting are mathematically less than one in several million. In the UK a few people die from the effects of wasp stings most years but many people who are stung have an uneventful recovery.

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