logo

A – Z of Illnesses & Conditions

Help: To find an Illness or Condition . Select a letter from A - Z of Illnesses & Conditions. Or Scroll lists. Or Use Search.

 

Bee Stings


Bee Stings:  Although many different types of insects are able to inflict a poisonous bite or sting (meaning they are venomous), the insects most likely to cause medical problems are bees (including the domestic honey bee, its Africanized "killer bee" race, and the bumble bee).

Because many of these species live in colonies, you may be stung by many. Although most stings cause only minor medical problems, some stings may cause serious medical problems and even death.

Medical problems from bee stings are divided into two categories:

Local reactions (only the part of the body near the sting is affected). Symptoms are:
  •  Immediate pain, redness, swelling, and itching at the sting site may occur.
  • A large (greater than four inches across) local reaction may develop over the next 12-36 hours.
  • A bacterial skin infection, although uncommon may also begin during the first 12-36 hours (or even after the first few days).
  • These may cause an enlarging area of redness at the sting site. It may be difficult to tell a local skin reaction and a local bacterial skin infection apart.
Systemic or allergic reactions (parts of the body away from the sting are affected). Symptoms are :     
  • Hives (raised itchy bumps on the skin) and itching all over the body
  • Swelling of the mouth or throat or both
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath or other difficulty breathing
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Anxiety
  • Chest pain
In severe cases, marked difficulty breathing, unconsciousness, and even death may occur.

See your doctor if you've been bitten or stung and there's a lot of swelling and blistering or if there's pus, which indicates an infection.


Always seek the advice of your doctor before taking herbal remedies

 


Health Issues

Excessive facial hair is a touchy subject with many women; those who suffer from this condition have a low self-esteem

VIEW MORE

Maca (Lepidum meyenii, Brassicaceae), a root vegetable grown in the Andean region of Peru, is widely used for its nutritional and therapeutic properties. Maca is said to improve male and female reproductive activity in diverse ways, from increasing arousal and reducing symptoms of menopause to boosting sperm quality,

VIEW MORE

The Food & Pandemics Report, produced by plant-based advocacy group ProVeg International, identifies the eating and farming of animals as “the single most risky human behaviour in relation to pandemics”, and calls for urgent changes to the global food system in order to prevent future outbreaks. The report has drawn support from inside the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

VIEW MORE