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7 People Who Learned The Hard Way Why You Shouldn't Mess With Bees

Forget shark week, because bee week is all summer long.

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...But especially when they sting you in the mouth.

Mother Nature just took the Kylie Jenner lip challenge to a whole new level.


1. Like this girl who was just trying to enjoy her coffee:

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What's worse than a wasp? An over-caffeinated wasp.

2. And this little boy who really hates all the adults taking pictures of him right now:

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Let the muploads begin.

3. Or this girl, who actually ran miles home like this:

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"I was out running, and a wasp flew in my mouth and stung me. I was a couple miles from home so I had to run back, getting puffier along the way. The swelling wouldn't stop so I had to go to the E.R. and get intravenous Benadryl," reddit user eating_bacon_always told BuzzFeed Life.

"I took this photo after a little girl in the waiting room of the E.R. pointed at me and said I looked like a monster."

4. And this man who learned the hard way that honey bees are not as sweet as they sound:

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That bountiful facial hair couldn't even protect him.

5. And this dude who's rocking his new lips with a sidewards cap:

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According to reddit user djdeejay06, his lips went from average to Kylie in only 30 minutes.


6. Or this guy, who was just trying to drink a beer and chop wood when all hell broke loose:

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"I was chopping wood and burning [tree] limbs when I reached for my beer and felt a hot, searing pain on my lips. At first, I thought it was a stray ember from the fire, then I felt the yellow jacket in my mouth," reddit user heypiggies said in a message.

"I bit it once to kill it then spat it out. 34 years and I never knew that I had an allergy until that sting. I used an EpiPen and the swelling subsided within 24 hours."

Yes, he casually BIT the yellow jacket to kill it. Lumbersexual game, strong.

7. And this dude whose lip is looking GNARLY:

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OUCH, man!

SO, what should you do if you lose a fight with a bee?

BuzzFeed Life reached out to two insect-sting allergy experts and fellows of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology: Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet, who runs Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg, Maryland, and Dr. Clifford Bassett, founder of Allergy and Asthma Care of New York, to find out.

First, don't freak out if your lips swell up A LOT. It's actually normal.

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Basset notes that everyone will have a local reaction with redness and swelling at the insect sting site, but people do react differently. Some people will have a large local reaction, which can last for up to a week.

"Just because your lip swells up so big, it doesn't mean you're allergic. It's reacting like any part of your body when stung by a bee or wasp, it's just more visible because it's your face," Eghrari-Sabet says. As for first-aid, she suggests carefully removing the stinger if you can, applying ice, and taking an antihistamine like Benadryl or Allegra to help with the swelling.

But make sure to look out for signs of a more serious reaction.

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"If the reaction goes past where you were stung, you might have a severe allergic reaction, or 'anaphylaxis'. This can include swelling of additional areas of your body where you weren't stung such as the eyes and neck, itchiness, hives, difficulty breathing and swallowing, and even loss of consciousness," says Eghrari-Sabet. If you experience any of these, you should go to the hospital for treatment and an epinephrine autoinjector (EpiPen).

Fortunately, this is very rare. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, only 3% of adults in the United States will have a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction to insect stings.

And try to be extra careful when you're outside this summer.

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You can't totally prevent bees and wasps from having no chill and stinging your face— but you can be mindful when you're near places where bees and wasps like to hang out. Like barbecues, tables with food and sugary drinks, garbage, and obviously, any nests.

And if you're drinking a soda or beer outside, ALWAYS check to see if there's a surprise guest hanging in the can.


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