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A 46-year-old member asked:

how long is it supposed to it take for a wasp bite to go away?

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Dr. Coyle Connolly
Dermatology 29 years experience
Wasp bite: Wasp bites reaction could last days due to the venom reaction in the skin. Those more sensitive to bites may benefit from oral antihistamines and corticosteroids under the supervision of a dermatologist
Dr. Ronald Krauser
Rheumatology 52 years experience
A few days: A few days.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

How can I take care of a wasp bite?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
STING: 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. Or you can apply a meat tenderizer poultice to the area.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
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Throat, airway or tongue swelling – call 911.
Apr 9, 2013
A 31-year-old member asked:

Is there a good cure for a wasp bite?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Wasp sting: Clean with soap ; warm water. Apply ice in 10 minute. Increments; alternating 10 on ; 10 off. Tylenol, (acetaminophen) Aspirin or Motrin for pain or Benadryl for swelling. Make a paste of 2 parts baking soda ; 1 part water ; apply. Insure you have had tetanus shot in the last 10 years. Throat, airway or tongue swelling – call 911.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Provided original answer
By the way - Yellow Jackets which are a form of wasp can also bite (as well as stinging).
Jan 18, 2014
Redmond, WA
A 32-year-old male asked:

What is the most effect way to treat a wasp bite?

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Dr. Ted Anderson
Gynecology 28 years experience
Benedryl: Oral benedryl to reduce itching, nsaids (motrin) to reduce pain/swelling) and topical neosporin to prevent local skin infection (esp from scratching).

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