A WOMAN stung by an Asian hornet says the pain was "one of the worst things" she's experienced in her entire life.
Louise Austin was attacked by the big foot-sized bug last summer and was left suffering for almost three weeks afterwards.
Detailing the ordeal, she told SundayStar.co.uk: "I was stung by an Asian hornet whilst I was in the garden with my dogs.
"I have a high pain threshold, but it was one of the worst things I’ve ever experienced in my life."
She says her hand instantly turned a different colour and she quickly began experiencing immense pain straight after the sting.
Louise explained: "The tip of my ring finger turned completely bright red and was incredibly painful to touch."
Revealing the painful aftermath, she added: "I couldn’t drive for a few days as I wasn’t able to hold the steering wheel due to the excruciating pain.
"As I was feeling so unwell, I visited my local doctor, and I was prescribed antibiotics for a week."
Experts tell SundayStar.co.uk that the pesky hornets are on their way back to Britain to cause more chaos – offering advice for their return.
Jay Riggs of Zeal CBD said: "Its sting can be described as a feeling similar to being stabbed by a red-hot needle.
"Where the needle punctures the skin, it can swell severely and ache for a few days.
"Asian hornets are likely to sting when they feel threatened, and a single Asian hornet can sting once or multiple times.
"If you are near a nest, or unsure of the species, it’s best to avoid going anywhere near as sometimes hornets swarm, resulting in multiple stings all at once.
"To be sure, it’s always best to call an expert to remove a nest if you see one."
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