ASIAN hornets are found in the UK and you should be careful if you come into contact with a hornet.
It is important to know how to deal with itand how to treat it.
What do Asian hornet stings look like?
If you’re unlucky enough to be stung by an Asian hornet, you probably know about it.
TheThe area is likely to swell and leave a red, painful lump.
Some people may have an allergic reaction to itThis causes the area to become even more swollen and red.
What are the symptoms of an Asian hornet sting?
You may experience discomfort after being bitten by an Asian hornet.
It will likely be mildly painful and itchy, but symptoms tend to subside after a few hours to a few days.
A few people can have a severe allergic reaction to a sting. In this case, you must call the emergency number 999.
If symptoms of anaphylaxis occur, such as difficulty breathing, swollen face or neck, dizziness, nausea, tingling or burning, you should call 999 immediately.
Even if someone who has been stung has experienced anaphylaxis before, they should be taken to the hospital immediately.
You should seek further advice if:
- You are particularly concerned
- They were bitten in the mouth, throat, or near the eyes
- Symptoms of a wound infection such as redness, pain or fever develop
- Fever, swollen glands, or flu-like symptoms occur
- Symptoms do not improve or begin to worsen
- Symptoms of anaphylaxis develop such as difficulty breathing, dizziness, swelling of the face and throat, tingling or burning, and nausea
How to treat Asian hornet bites?
To treat a hornet sting, you should:
- Wash the area with soap and water and apply an antiseptic to clean the wound and reduce the risk of infection
- Apply an ice pack or cold compress to reduce any swelling
- Elevate the affected area to reduce the risk of swelling
- Avoid scratching the area to reduce the risk of infection or irritation
What do Asian hornets look like?
Asian worker hornets typically reach a size of around 25mm and queens grow up to 30mm.
The hornet’s underside is jet black or sooty brown, while the tail is orange.
The hornet’s head is black with a deep orange face and dark brown legs tipped with yellow.