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A 38-year-old member asked:

What to do about a wasp sting and i'm allergic?

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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 28 years experience
Use EpiPEN, (epinephrine) go to ER: You may have no problem with this, but if you have an allergy or you think you do, my advice is to get to an er asap. They will give you Epinephrine so you don't go into anaphylactic shock, which can close your airway and kill you. After this episode is over, you might want to see your doctor and get an epipen, (epinephrine) which is a shot of Epinephrine you can give yourself quick if this happens again.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Wasp Sting: If you have a known allergy to hornet (wasp) stings – it would be optimum for you to carry an epi-pen, ana- guard sting kit (or similar product) with you all the time. Be familiar with it's use before you need to use it. Check the expiration date- obtain new prescription if needed by your physician. Throat, airway, mouth swelling or difficulty breathing? Call 911!

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A 45-year-old member asked:

What to do with wasp sting and might be allergic?

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Dr. Brian Novick
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Histamine release: If you are allergic to bees, when you are stung their venom is injected into your bloodstream....Then your body reacts by releasing histamine and other chemicals...This causes the allergic reaction. See an allergist for a complete history and possibly skin testing. After any sting(even mosquito etc) wash with alcohol or soap/water and apply cortisone cream..Maybe evn take an anti-histamine.
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What to do about wasp sting?

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Dr. Lee Perry
Allergy and Immunology 17 years experience
Many treatments: The most thing is to identify whether or not you might have life threatening allergy to insect stings--this type of allergy would be characterized by symptoms that occur away from the sight of the sting. Examples would include head-to-toe hives, shortness of breath, or throat discomfort. If the symptoms are local only, treat with ice and oral benadryl (diphenhydramine).
A 32-year-old member asked:

What are common wasp sting allergic reactions?

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Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 29 years experience
Local: Most sting reactions cause local symptoms: swelling, itchiness, redness. Very rarely can one see a patient develop systemic allergic reaction.
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A 17-year-old female asked about a 48-year-old female:

What would help if you're allergic to a wasp sting? Or beesting?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Allergic response: Call 911 for difficulty breathing, wheezing, tight throat, chest discomfort, difficulty swallowing, coughing, confusion, slurred speech or swelling of tongue, lips or throat. If you have an epi-pen - use it. Remove stinger by scraping along edge of skin with a credit card. Clean with soap & warm water. Apply a paste of 2 parts baking soda & 1 part water. OR: Mix water & activated charcoal -

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