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What to do to a wasp sting and i'm diabetic?

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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: Wash 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. Elevate affected area for swelling. Make paste of 2 parts baking soda ; 1 part water ; apply. Need tetanus shot every 10 years. Monitor closely for any signs of infection. Throat, airway, mouth swelling or difficulty breathing? Call 911!
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Provided original answer
Although the barbless stinger is not normally left it skin - once in a while it can become lodged and stuck there. If this occurs: remove stinger ASAP by scraping along edge of skin w credit card.
Jan 18, 2014

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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).

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