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How to treat bee and wasp stings in the wilderness?

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Dr. Joseph Bouvier
Pediatrics 25 years experience
See below: For non-allergic people, simple first aid is good. Remove any stingers by scraping off the stinger, place ice or cold compress to area as needed, use Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for itch and swelling, Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen for pain, wash the area with soap and water, can use antibiotic ointment over area, and make sure tetanus shot is current (within 10 years). If allergic reac, resp probs, etc. - 911!
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Wilderness care: If in the wilderness - remove the stinger by scraping with a flat edged object. Wash with water & soap if available. You can make a paste of clay-like soil and water and apply to the area. If you have access to ice - apply that. If you have an allergy - use your epi pen and get to emergency care or have emergency care get to you asap.

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A 48-year-old member asked:

How do you treat wasp stings if you're allergic?

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Dr. Joseph Bouvier
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Depends on severity: If truly and severely allergic, treatment at home or outside the hospital would be with an Epipen (or Epipen jr.) and then going to the er. If just mildly itchy, Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and Hydrocortisone creams. In between reactions would require evaluation by a physician.

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