“While being stung by one wasp isn’t normally dangerous, 30 or 40 stings could kill you.”
Mr Cockroft said when the ordeal was over he was “visibly shaking and in pain.” He could not get an on-the-day appointment with his GP so went to A&E.
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Image caption One nest may produce 3,000-8,000 wasps in a year
If you are stung you should pull out any stings left in the skin and wash the area with soap and water, according to NHS advice.
Doctors recommend applying ice or a cold flannel to the site for 10 minutes and elevating the area to reduce swelling.
You can also take over-the-counter remedies such as antihistamines and painkillers.
When to call your GP or NHS 111 – Source: NHS
The sting site does not improve within a few days or gets worse
You have been stung in your mouth or near your eyes
An area of 10cm or more around the sting becomes red and swollen
There is pus or increasing pain, swelling or redness
Fever, swollen glands and other flu-like symptoms
At hospital, Mr Cockroft was given medication and was kept in for observation to check he did not have an allergic reaction.
“They counted some 42 stings sites, but there were more with some stings still stuck in my skin,” he said.
“It was a very painful experience and felt like I had received burns to my face, neck, arms and torso.
“After a few hours, the pain eased but it was still very, very uncomfortable.
“Days later prickly sensation with a lot of itching.”
Some people may have a severe allergic reaction to a wasp sting known as anaphylaxis . It is a medical emergency and can be fatal if not treated.
When to call 999 – Source: NHS
Wheezing or difficulty breathing
A swollen face, mouth or throat
Nausea or vomiting
A fast heart rate
Dizziness or feeling faint
Loss of consciousness