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Bee and Wasp Safety Tips

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It's a sound we're all hearing lately...the buzz of those wasps and bees.

And it seems like they're even worse this year.

Dr. David Gayton of St. Alexius Medical Center says he is seeing five to 15 people in the ER every day this month with stings.

He says the best way to protect yourself from these yellow jackets is avoidance.

Stay out of areas with trash cans, wear protective clothing, and limit perfumes.

Dr. Gayton lists some ways you can treat yourself at home if you get stung by a bee.

"The things to do initially at home would be to take an antihistamine and then an anti-inflammatory. Like I said something like benadryl and ibuprofen. And then they can also put a little hydrocortisone on the spot," says Dr. David Gayton, Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Gayton says if you've had a significant reaction to a bee sting in the past, you should carry an epi pen with you at all times.

Signs of a serious reaction symptoms like tightness or swelling of the throat, trouble breathing, and nausea.

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