What should you do if you get stung by the “killer hornet”?: The news of the arrival of the Asian hornet, better known as a “killer hornet”
The scientific name of the “killer hornet” is Vespa mandarinia and it is native to East and Southeast Asia and they attract attention for their large size. Although they generally feed on plants and vegetables, these insects are also famous for decapitating bees in order to take their young and also feed on them.
Although Asian hornets aim to attack hives, they can also attack humans if they feel threatened, and they can be deadly if they bite multiple times.
What should we do if we suffer from a “killer hornet” sting?
The first thing to know is that after an Asian hornet sting, whether original or indigenous, the first hour will be decisive, since 80% of people who are allergic die during that period of time if they are not attended.
“The sooner the symptoms of the allergic reaction are shown, the faster the death process can occur,” Luis Marques, an allergist at the Hospital, explained to the press, stressing that there is no home remedy to stop the reaction of The sting.
Spain is one of the countries where this type of wasp has arrived and according to statistics, between 4 and 10 people die each year from its sting.
Another important point is that the “killer hornet” is usually more active during the summer, due to the rise in temperatures.
What are the Asian hornet sting symptoms
Unlike other wasps, the Asian hornet injects more venom, so you will feel more pain and swelling. In addition, the allergic reaction will depend on the immune system of each individual, so some may have swelling in other parts of the body, as well as a feeling of suffocation.
Globally, allergists consider that only 3% of the population is allergic to this type of bites, so most people will only experience inflammation of no more than 10 centimeters, as well as itching, pain, and redness in the area.
In these cases, specialists recommend applying cold to the area and, in case it is very annoying, applying cream corticosteroids.
In the event that the sting is greater than 10 centimeters, it is necessary to apply the corticosteroids in cream and also take antihistamines, even corticosteroids. You can start to feel itchy palms, feet, genitals, nape of the neck, and even all over the body.
How do you know if the sting reaction is dangerous?
The first thing it will be necessary to identify this type of reaction, which generally presents the following symptoms:
- skin lesions such as itching, hives inflammation, and redness in different places where the sting was.
- Trouble breathing
- Feeling like you’re choking
- Loss of consciousness
In the event that these discomforts arise, you should go to the emergency room as soon as possible, since if you are not properly treated, you could suffer a drastic drop in blood pressure, which causes the blood to not reach the organs properly, affecting thus your breathing and blood regulation, which produces one in 3 deaths from suffocation when the larynx becomes inflamed.