If you’ve ever experienced a yellow jacket sting, you know how painful it can be. Yellow jackets, which are predatory relatives to bees, have a reputation for being aggressive. Their sting packs a punch.
While most people can treat themselves by icing the sting and taking an antihistamine, others may require medical intervention, as allergic reactions—which, in some cases, can be serious—can occur. Here’s what you should know about preventing yellow jacket stings—and what to do if you get stung.