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can you tell me how could i stop the swelling of a bee sting?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Remove stinger ASAP: By scraping along edge of skin w credit card. Clean area w soap ; warm water. Apply ice in 10 min. Increments (10 on/10 off). Can try tylenol, (acetaminophen) Aspirin or Motrin for pain or Benadryl for swelling. Make paste of 2 parts baking soda ; 1 part water ; apply. Need tetanus shot every 10 years. Throat, airway, mouth swelling or difficulty breathing? Call 911!

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A 42-year-old member asked:

I got a bee sting yesterday and there's more swelling today. What should I do?

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Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Ice and benadryl (diphenhydramine): A bee sting can cause immediate fear and panic, and sometimes with good cause. However, by the next day, if there was going to be a bad reaction it would've happened already. What you have is a by-product of histamine release, which causes capillaries to get leaky and allow fluid to seep out. The swelling can look cartoonish, but it will go down. Apply ice and take benadryl, (diphenhydramine) which helps over time.
A 39-year-old member asked:

How can I reduce the swelling that has occurred as the result of a bee sting?

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
Ice: Ice it and take an oral antihistamine like benadryl (diphenhydramine).
A 48-year-old member asked:

What do for a bee sting swelling?

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Dr. David Schleimer
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Benadryl (diphenhydramine): If not seriously allergic to bee stings, the best immediate thing to do would be to take 25 mg of Diphenhydramine (benadryl).
A 38-year-old member asked:

What can I do to reduce the swelling of a bee sting?

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Benadryl (diphenhydramine): If you do not have impaired breathing (which you should call 911 with), it is very normal to have mild allergies to stings. 25-50 mg of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) will help the allergic response. In rare instances, people can have a life threatening reaction (anaphylaxis) and need immediate medical attention (epinephrine), but as you are online looking for answers i'm sure that is not the case.
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What should I do for a bee sting to make it stop swelling?

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Dr. Andrew Poleszak
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Not to much: Try vinegar.

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