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
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.
October 14, 2011
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
& H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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