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Wounds. 2017 Sep;29(9):E70-E72.

Bee or Wasp Sting.

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1
Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China.
2
University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada; and Alberta Children's Hospital, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Abstract

While jogging in a local park in Hong Kong, a 55-year-old, previously healthy man was stung on the ventral aspect of his right wrist. The tiny stinger was gently removed with nail cutters and examined under a microscope at 80x magni cation; plucking the stinger is ill- advised as this may inject more venom into the wounded site. Two days after stinging, the microscopic appearance of the stinger con rmed the diagnosis to be from a bee instead of a wasp or other insect. A simple method of con rming the nature of insect stings and an overview of Hymenoptera stings and their management are provided herein.

PMID:
29125829
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