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What is the best way to treat a sting by a wasp or bee?

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Dr. James Kufdakis
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Remove the stinger: If it is a bee, the first thing to do is remove the stinger, this is best done by using the edge of a credit card to scrape it out. Since the venom sac is attached, you do not want to squeeze it. A wasp on the other hand does not lose its stinger and can sting you several times. Once you have been stung, ice is probably the best remedy.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Wasp sting remedies: Remove stinger by scraping along edge of skin with a credit card. Clean area with soap & warm water. Apply ice in 10 minute increments; alternating 10 on & 10 off. Try a bag of cold peas. You can take meds like tylenol, (acetaminophen) Aspirin or Motrin for pain or Benadryl for swelling. Make a paste of 2 parts baking soda & 1 part water & apply. Throat, airway or tongue swelling – call 911. Cont'd.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
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If you have a know allergy then this is the time to use your epi –pen with Emergency Room treatment to follow.
Apr 10, 2013

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Is there a way to know if I am allergic to wasp/bee/hornet sting?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Allergic Symptoms: Allergic symptoms can include wheezing, chest, tightness, coughing, shortness of breath, throat tightness, slurring of speech, hoarseness, difficulty swallowing, feeling weak, fainting & mental confusion as well as hives or swelling of your lips, tongue, throat or mouth. Severe allergic reactions can be treated with self- injectable Epinephrine (epi-pen or ana-kit). Call 911 for help.
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How do you treat a severe wasp sting?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Wasp Stings: 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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