Bee stings have been a popular way of treating bee bites since the 1800s.
But the drug is becoming increasingly popular with older people who are more susceptible to sting-related illnesses.
“They are not as likely to die of an allergic reaction,” says Dr. John W. Safford, a professor of medicine at the University of Michigan.
Bee stinging also can be a very dangerous way to handle sting damage, Saffard says.
People are also less likely to be able to tolerate a bee sting when the sting is small and not severe enough to hurt.
Bee sting injuries are rare, but they can cause pain, swelling, bruising and tissue damage.
Some experts worry that bee stings are not only more likely to cause pain but also can lead to more serious conditions such as paralysis and even death.
“A lot of people have a tendency to think that the more severe the sting, the more serious the injury, and the more intense the pain,” says W. Andrew Wilson, a clinical professor of surgery at the U-M Medical School.
“In fact, the opposite is true.”
If you or anyone you know is experiencing pain or swelling in your mouth, throat, face or chest, call a doctor immediately.
Call 911 if the pain is severe.
Do not let your friends or family members try to help you.
The safest way to treat a bee stinging injury is to wash the affected area thoroughly with warm water and apply ice.
Do NOT use any medications to treat bee stung wounds.
If the sting does not go away within 24 hours, call 911 and stay with your friends and family for at least 24 hours.
Call 888-869-5111 to talk to a doctor or nurse.
Do you have a question about a health care situation?
Ask the CDC’s bee sting and bee sting medicine survey.