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There are several basic fundamentals to reduce the chances of suffering from bee stings. Bees will not sting humans unless they become agitated and angry with that person for some reason. Sweat really agitates bees so it is important to keep clean, bathing or showering every day, especially in hot weather. You should not wear strong perfumes or deodorants though if you wish to reduce your chances of being affected by bee stings. Research suggests that bees are more likely to sting a person wearing dark clothing, so it is best to chose light colours and cover as much of the body as possible.

It is important to understand where bees are most likely to be found. Obviously because of their need for pollen, they will be found in areas where there are a lot of flowering plants, so it is best to avoid these areas. Bees are also attracted to the sugary content of garbage; keep the environment clean and again you are reducing the chances of being affected by bee stings. If you are in the presence of a bee, it is best to remain still, and cover your face if possible. In the unfortunate event of being stung by a bee you should run away from it; the stinging bee releases a chemical that attracts more bees that will want to sting.

The treatment of bee stings involve first making sure the victim does not suffer a very bad reaction to it. If this seems to be the case, it is best to seek medical help immediately. If this is not the case, the first priority is to remove the stinger, which should be done by scraping a fingernail over the affected area. Using tweezers can force more venom into the muscle, so this should be avoided. Next the stung area should be washed with soap and water, and the final treatment is to reduce the swelling with an icepack.