European Honey Bees

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European Honey Bees Facts

  • European Honey bees live in very structured social colonies with one queen bee.
  • They can only sting once as they die after they sting.

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European Honey Bee Stings & Treatment

The only bee species to do so, honey bees can only sting once as they sacrifice their lives when they sting. Because honey bees’ barbed stingers are attached to their abdomens, honey bees die from the severe trauma to their bodies after stinging.

The first thing to remember if a European honey bee stings you is to remain calm. Panicking can cause systemic reactions that might otherwise result in less severe local reactions. Swelling from honey bee stings can persist for several days. We recommend you seek professional medical help immediately.

Severe allergic reactions to bee stings can be common and require immediate medical attention. Anaphylaxis, the inability to breathe, requires expedient medical attention. Allergic reaction symptoms may include:

  • Swelling not associated with the sting site, particularly in the throat, neck, or tongue.
  • Stomach cramps accompanied by nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea.
  • Difficulty swallowing or shortness of breath.
  • Severe headache, feeling light-headed or experiencing dizziness.
  • A sudden drop in blood pressure.
  • Showing shock symptoms.
  • Loss of consciousness.

Again, if in doubt about symptoms shown after a sting, do not hesitate to seek professional medical attention.

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