Why are Wasp Stings a Serious Health Threat?

Close up of wasp

Most animals, birds and insects have special ways to defend themselves or hunt for their prey. With the use of their effective defense mechanism, they can get out of any life threatening situation with ease. The wasp is one such insect that uses its sting as its defense mechanism in the event of a threat.

Wasps build their nests and thrive most during the summer months. They usually build their nests near homes and offices in urban and suburban areas, as the availability of food and water around human habitat is abundant.  

Wasps are primarily attracted to strong scents and are usually found in areas where there are open garbage cans or fruits fallen from the tree. This is why is it advised to keep your surrounding area and your home clean to avoid infestations.

Wasps sting when they feel threatened, although, at times, they are also known to act aggressively even without any provocation.

Just like bee stings, wasp stings too can cause serious allergic reactions. While bees can only sting once, wasps can sting multiple times with equal force, injecting small doses of venom in the victim’s body with each sting.

A bee leaves its stinger behind while the venom is injected while the wasp does not. With its stinger intact, a wasp can deliver multiple stings to its victim.

Common reactions to wasp stings include redness, swelling and severe itching. Usually, some first aid does the trick to tone down the symptoms.

However, people who are allergic to stings experience what is called an Anaphylactic Reaction. This condition includes more serious effects such as swelling of the face and throat, difficulty in breathing or swallowing and dizziness due to sudden increase in pulse rate and blood pressure.

Such reactions require immediate medical attention and the person stung must be rushed to a hospital. Timely medical attention is extremely important as an Anaphylactic Reaction, in the absence of proper medical care, can even lead to death.

Therefore, although a wasp may seem like a tiny pest, it can certainly cause a lot of damage through its sting.