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A 30-year-old female asked:

Stung by a wasp 3 days ago on my eye brow, swelling on both eyes and forehead. taking benadryl (diphenhydramine) should i see a doctor for steroid shot? or wait it out?

5 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Karen Dantin
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Ok: IF not worsening, I would contine what you are doing.
Dr. Evans Prieston
Pharmacology 45 years experience
Wasp Sting: If after 3 days, the swelling has not abated, it sound like you may need a round of a steroid taper or as you indicated, a steroid injection. I would have expected the swelling to be coming down now so I do believe you need to receive a little help from your physician.
Dr. Robert Stachler
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Bee sting: If you are still swollen. You should see someone. Make sure you are taking the Benadryl (diphenhydramine) correctly: 25 to 50 mg every four to six hours. The 50 will make you a little sleepy. You could also try ice locally to the area 20 m on the hour. You can also try an h2 blocker like Zantac 150g twice a day. Good luck and feel better!
Dr. Joyce Pastore
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Allergic reaction: If you have taken the Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for 3 days straight and you still have swelling, you may need a stronger antihistamine or a course of steroids. More importantly, get a Rx for an Epipen since it sounds like you have a significant reaction to wasps. You may also consider allergy desensitization.
Dr. Stephen Jarrard
General Surgery 22 years experience
Wait a bit: Keep ice on it frequently and add Zantac (ranitidine) 150 mg twice a day for couple days. Although usually for reflux, it also blocks histamine and can help remediate this swelling. Steroids are powerful meds and should be used with care. Be well!

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