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Description:This illustration depicts a dorsal view, or a view from above, of a Polistes sp. wasp, also known as a paper wasp. The subfamily, Polistinae, includes this wasp as one of its members.
If you’re stung by a bee, wasp, or hornet:

- If available, have someone stay with you to be sure that you do not have an allergic reaction.

- Wash the site with soap and water.

- Remove the stinger using gauze wiped over the area, or by scraping a fingernail over the area. Never   squeeze the stinger or use tweezers.

- Apply ice to reduce swelling.

- Do not scratch the sting as this may increase swelling, itching, and risk of infection.

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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Dr. Andrew J. Brooks
Creation Date:1972
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Links:CDC – National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health; Education and Information Division; Workplace Safety & Health Topics: Insects and Scorpions
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