Almost everyone has experienced a bee or wasp sting at some point in his or her life. For most of us, it’s no big deal. But for some, it can be deadly.
According to a study in Wilderness & Environmental Medicine, 220,000 people visit the emergency room each year due to a bee, hornet, or wasp sting… and 60 of those visits result in fatalities.
When you’re outdoors, it’s important to take precautions to avoid bees and wasps and know the proper protocol should you get stung (especially if you’re allergic).
We’ve rounded up some tips for avoiding bees/wasps, what to do should you encounter one, and how to properly treat a sting.