Bees, wasps, hornets, yellow jackets, and fire ants belong to the same family of insects. The honeybee stings once, leaves its stinger behind after stinging, and then dies. This is in contrast to wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets, which can sting repeatedly and do not usually lose their stingers.
Reactions to stings may include:
Home treatment is usually all that is needed for minor reactions to relieve pain and itching. Severe reactions require medical treatment.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine|
|Last Revised||October 14, 2011|