One week before Chuseok… Be careful not to be stung by bees

On the 3rd, one week before Chuseok, visitors to Beolcho clean the graves of their ancestors at a family cemetery in Hwangsapyeong, Hwabuk-dong, Jeju-si. Jeju = Yonhap News

This year, Chuseok is just a week away. For this reason, more and more people are going to bee grass early.

However, as the Korea Meteorological Administration forecast that the 11th typhoon ‘Hinnamno’ will land on the Korean Peninsula on the 6th, it is expected that the number of people going to Beolcho will decrease somewhat. However, as it is the first holiday since the social distancing due to the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19) was lifted, it is expected that a considerable number of people will go out to beolcho.

In this case, you need to be careful about ‘bee sting’ accidents. Usually, beolchoing takes place from Baekjung on the 15th of the lunar calendar to Chuseok before Chuseok, and between July and September when the temperature rises, the population of wasps rapidly increases in the life cycle of wasps. For this reason, if you go out on a bee weed, you need to be very careful not to be stung by a bee.

According to statistics from the Fire Department, a total of 16,751 people (annual average of 5,584 people) were transferred to hospitals due to bee stings for three years from 2017. 75.7% of patients transported to hospitals on average per year were concentrated in July-September, when outdoor activities increased. Also, out of 31 patients who died from bee stings, 26 died during that period, and 32.3% (10 people) died from bee-weeding before Chuseok.

The most important thing to watch out for when mowing is a bee sting accident.

Bae Byung-gwan, head of the regional emergency medical center at Daedong Hospital (emergency medicine specialist), said, “From now to the end of September, bee stings are increasing not only during bee grass, but also during hiking and outdoor activities, so we need to be vigilant.” It is good to know in advance how to respond to an emergency.”

A bee sting can cause a variety of symptoms, from mild symptoms such as pain, swelling, and itching to life-threatening emergencies.

If you have been stung by a bee, move to a safe place where there are no bees and check your skin for stings. If you see saliva embedded in the skin, you should scrape it parallel to the skin using a credit card or the like to remove it. After removing the saliva, rinse thoroughly with running water and apply a compress using an ice pack to relieve swelling.

If your body swells or becomes pale after a bee sting, or if you experience systemic hypersensitivity reactions such as itching, vomiting, night sweats, shortness of breath, convulsions, loss of consciousness, etc., immediately call 911 and visit a medical institution as soon as possible.

A firefighter in action to remove the beehive. Gwangju = Yonhap News

When going to bee-weed, it is recommended to wear long sleeves, long pants, and a wide-brimmed hat to cover a lot of skin, and to wear light-colored clothes. Avoid cosmetics with strong scents that can attract bees and avoid sweet drinks.

Wasps, often found near graveyards, have the characteristic of building their nests in empty spaces under the ground, so if vibration is transmitted by a mower or footsteps, the probability of attack increases. helps to

If a wasp is found, there is a good chance there is a beehive nearby. If a lump of dirt is piled up in front of a small hole, there may be a long-lived wasp nest. If you find a beehive, call 911 and safely remove the hive before weeding.

Manager Bae said, “In addition to bee stings, it is easy to be exposed to dangers such as snake bites, cuts at the mower or stone splattering accidents, and autumn infectious diseases such as epidemic hemorrhagic fever. It is recommended that at least two people go to the weeding area to prepare for possible accidents and to prepare for emergencies that may occur.”

Lee Seung-gu, online news reporter [email protected]

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