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What Happens to Your Body When You Die from a Bee Sting 

Laura Allan
Updated June 14, 2019 36k views 14 items

In general, bees are our friends. They make honey, they pollinate flowers, and we depend on them to grow our food. Of course, it's hard to remember all that when you're dying from a bee sting, isn't it? More than 50 people die every year in the United States alone from bee stings, usually as a result of an allergic reaction. On rare occasions, however, it's simply a massive bee attack that kills even someone not allergic. Perhaps you're wondering what dying from a bee sting is like? Well, we're about to find out.

The average person gets stung by a bee at least once or twice in their lifetime. If you have, you can surely remember how painful it was, and how much it sucked getting the stinger out. Well, imagine that you have a bunch of those stingers all over your body, and meanwhile your body is literally dying around you. That one little sting doesn't seem so bad now, does it?

If you still want to find out, step by step, just what dying from bees is like, then get ready for the grisly details. Spoiler alert: it's really, really painful.

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Your Face Will Start to Swell and You May Have Trouble Swallowing
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The worst of the swelling is going to take place around your face. Your eyes might swell shut, your tongue will puff up, and you're going to feel your whole face balloon up like a little pink blimp. This might also be the point where you feel like you're having trouble swallowing, either because of your swollen tongue or your swollen throat.

Not only does this make you look pretty funny, it also shows you're in the beginning stages of anaphylaxes, which can quickly turn deadly.

You Might Get Severe Stomach and Muscle Cramps
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As these more severe symptoms kick in, you might notice a sudden aching or stabbing feeling in your abdomen. This is because a bee allergy often manifests itself in stomach and muscle cramps. Considering all the swelling that's going on, a little cramping might seem like no big deal, but that's not always the case.

Severe cramps in your stomach or limbs may make it difficult for you to reach help or even use a phone to call an ambulance. While the cramps themselves won't kill you, they may make it more difficult for you to take actions to save your life.

You'll Start Sweating Profusely
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Your body is busy trying to fend off whatever is making you sick by attempting to remove toxins from your body. One of the ways it does this is to sweat. People who have nearly died from bee stings report that, in less than a minute, they were totally drenched in sweat.

Of course, you might also be panicking at this point and that only makes the sweating worse.

You'll Feel Super Dizzy
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As you try to walk to help, or even just sit down to deal with the pain, you'll notice the world is spinning. This extreme dizziness has several possible causes. It could be that you're starting to notice that your labored breathing is cutting off oxygen to the brain. Or your heart rate could be dropping and you're feeling woozy from that. Or you could just feel anxious about what is happening to you.

Whatever the reason, you're likely to feel pretty weak, dizzy, and disoriented, whether you're standing up or sitting down.