CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - It's common in Western Massachusetts this time of year to be stung by a wasp or a yellow jacket.
But many sufferers needlessly go to the emergency room at the first sign of swelling.
Baystate Medical Center's Dr. Niels Rathlev told 22News, unless the sting effects your breathing, ice and an anti inflammatory like Advil will bring down the swelling.
Dr. Rathlev said when he was bitten by a wasp he even disregarded his own advice.
"Soon after I began to suffer chest discomfort, an element of an adverse reaction, so I did what Doctors always do when they treat themselves, I waited for a half hour. And if eventually went away and I was fine," said Dr. Rathlev.
But if you suffer chest discomfort after a serious insect sting, don't wait, get medical help immediately.