How painful is a bee sting

The great pain scale of bee stings

Spring has long since arrived here and now summer is just around the corner. Little beats an outdoor picnic or an afternoon at the pool. Unfortunately, the peace is always disturbed by bees. But while stitches in the calf are comparatively harmless, it can get really painful elsewhere. A young American did the self-test. "Heute.at" explains them!
Spring has long since arrived here and now summer is just around the corner. Little beats an outdoor picnic or an afternoon at the pool. Unfortunately, the peace is always disturbed by bees. But while stitches in the calf are comparatively harmless, it can get really painful elsewhere. A young American did the self-test. "Heute.at" explains you!

Doctoral student Michael Smith from Cornell University in New York has chosen an unusual way to find out where the sting is actually most painful. He was voluntarily stabbed in 25 different places on his body in order to be able to provide information. How did he get such a crazy idea? Smith describes the beginnings of his study in such a way that when he wanted to study the behavior of the small insects, a bee crawled up his thigh and stabbed him right into the scrotum.

Once the apology was made, it was then carried out. First he really enraged the bees with hectic movements and aggressive behavior, then he picked one out with tweezers and let it sting him. To make sure that he felt the pain correctly, he had himself stabbed twice more in the same part of the body. In total, he had to endure 75 stitches.

Research scale designed

He then summarized his research results using a scale from 1 (little pain) to 10 (severe pain). By far the most painful is the nostril. Here the value is 9.3 and is therefore not too far removed from the maximum mark of 10. A stitch in the lip, scrotum or penis is also very painful.

On the other hand, the stitches are apparently less bad in the places where it actually happens quite quickly. The value on the foot is "only" 5.0 in the calf it is even less bad with 3.7.

Carefully remove the stinger

But what should you do if it is already too late and you have already been stung? First you should remove the stinger because it is mostly still in the skin due to its barbs. However, do not touch it with two fingers, as this would compress the poisonous pale and inject all the poison under the skin. So: Either grasp the stinger below the poisonous bladder with tweezers and pull it out or scrape the stinger off to the side with a fingernail or a flat object (e.g. pocket knife).

Then suck out the sting, cool it and apply a pain reliever. Some swear by a sliced ‚Äč‚Äčonion, others by lemons, which you should press onto the prick for a while.

See a doctor immediately in the event of an allergy

Some people have an allergic reaction to an insect bite with symptoms such as a rash, severe swelling, hot flashes, or nausea. If it turns out that circulatory problems, dizziness, palpitations or shortness of breath occur, help must be called immediately (doctor, emergency doctor, etc.), because in extreme cases it can lead to a life-threatening allergic shock.

According to statistical studies, however, the probability of dying from an allergic shock resulting in death from an insect bite is about as great as being killed by a lightning strike.
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