Offbeat — 05 August 2013

Why do bee stings hurt so bad

If you think a mosquito bite hurts bad, you’ve obviously never been stung by a bee. The creatures look pretty harmless to anyone who has never incurred their wrath, the rest of us know pretty well how a single be sting can put the love of god back into one’s heart. There are two main reasons why bee stings hurt so darn much:

The venom

Just like getting pepper spray onto any part of your skin irritates it, the venom released by the bee when it stings too is designed to trigger a sharp sensation of pain into the victim of the bee. The burning sensation felt by the victim of a bee sting is caused by the chemical melittin which is actually venom that is designed by Mother Nature to set off the pain receptors immediately. Folks that are allergic to melittin actually end up having their entire neuro system ringing up warning signs and what may otherwise leave a non-allergic person with a ringing bump on their skin and a sour mood would leave an allergic person with swelling all over their body!

The pricking of the skin

If you have ever received a vaccine through an injection, you’d understand just why the sting of a bee gives you that massive bump in your skin. You see, the stinger of a bee is shaped something like a jagged edge of a sword. This makes the entry and exit of the stinger through the skin and underlying tissue all the more traumatic for the organ. In some cases, the stinger is ejected once the body rushes fluids to the sting site that may cause the stinger to naturally fall off from the skin though in some cases the stinger remains jammed in the skin and continues to release the venom for up to a minute.

Written by Desh

With strong writing and copy editing skills, Desh Raj Sharma has shown expertise in almost every field of online content generation for years. Highly committed to his work, Desh is a person with clear heart, with no enmity with anything known.

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With strong writing and copy editing skills, Desh Raj Sharma has shown expertise in almost every field of online content generation for years. Highly committed to his work, Desh is a person with clear heart, with no enmity with anything known.

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