Pauline Hanson sporting swollen eye and large welts across her arms after wasp sting


Pauline Hanson sports a swollen eye and large welts across her arms after being attacked in her garden by a swarm of wasps

  • Australian politician Pauline Hanson came off second best with swarm of wasps
  • Former One Nation leader, 67, was gardening at home when she was attacked
  • Asked her 432,000 Facebook followers for help, plenty were quick to oblige


Australian politician Pauline Hanson was left asking her favourite question ‘Please explain’ following a run-in with some angry wasps.

The former One Nation leader, 67, shared a post to Facebook on Saturday displaying her injuries.

She said she was in her garden when she was stung all over her body – including under the eye – which left visible welts.

The iconic Queensland resident declared ‘BLOODY WASPS!

Australian politician Pauline Hanson was left asking ‘Please explain’ following an unwanted run-in with some angry wasps on Saturday

The swarm of wasps attacked the politician as she was gardening, leaving welts on her arm (pictured) and other parts of her body, including her face and ears

The swarm of wasps attacked the politician as she was gardening, leaving welts on her arm (pictured) and other parts of her body, including her face and ears

She shared the news on Facebook, with some of her 432,000 followers happy to offer helpful advice to numb the pain

She shared the news on Facebook, with some of her 432,000 followers happy to offer helpful advice to numb the pain

‘I didn’t see my weekend gardening turning to this. Any tips on numbing the pain and reducing the swelling are greatly appreciated.’

A number of her followers on social media were quick to offer suggestions to numb the pain.

‘Wash the area well with soap and water. Apply a cold or ice pack wrapped in a thin cloth to help reduce swelling and pain (10 minutes on and 10 minutes off for a total of 30 to 60 minutes). If the sting happens on an arm or leg, keep the arm or leg raised to help reduce swelling,’ one helpfully said.

Another stated ‘Ouch, keep tabs on that, if gets worse definitely see a doctor. Ice packs and an antihistamine comes to mind.’

Hanson responded to that recommendation, revealing she had ‘been stung at least 12 times. Face, ear, arms, leg and hand all stung.’

She later thanked everyone for their helpful advice, before declaring she was applying an ice pack and had taken three antihistamines to numb the pain.  

Despite polarising opinions across Australia, Pauline Hanson has forged an impressive career in politics (pictured at Parliament House in Canberra)

Despite polarising opinions across Australia, Pauline Hanson has forged an impressive career in politics (pictured at Parliament House in Canberra)

The One Nation founder has an unfortunate record with bugs, she was left ‘unrecognisable’ after being bitten on the face by a tick in 2019.

She was forced to cancel her public appearances after her face has seized up due to a severe allergic reaction. 

Tick bites can also cause partial facial paralysis, rashes, headache, fever, intolerance to bright light and flu-like symptoms.

The symptoms are more common in children than adults, the federal Department of Health said.

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