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Wasp sting that has redneas and swelling?

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Dr. Clarence Grim
Endocrinology 57 years experience
Wasp sting: Sorry to hear and know it really hurts. Apply cold compress and call you Dr. office for advice. They know you best.

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A 30-year-old member asked:

How do I reduce the swelling of the wasp sting?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Ice: Remove stinger-scrape along edge of skin with a credit card. Clean area with soap & warm water. Apply ice (bag of frozen peas) in 10 min. Increments; alternating 10 on & 10 off. 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. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
And depending on certain features of your response to the sting, homeopathic remedies such as Apis mellifica 30C every 2-3 hours may be helpful also.
May 22, 2013
A 31-year-old member asked:

Is my swelling from a wasp sting and how can I reduce it ?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Wasp ? Uncertain: Clean area with soap ; warm water. Apply ice in 10 min. Increments; alternating 10 on ; 10 off. You can take tylenol, (acetaminophen) Aspirin or Motrin for pain or Benadryl for swelling. Make a paste of 2 parts baking soda ; 1 part water ; apply. Insure that your tetanus status is up to date. Tetanus shot every 10 years. Throat, airway, mouth swelling? Call 911!
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
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Many bees leave a barbed stinger in-bedded in your skin. Wasps usually don't because their stinger has no barb (although it can happen on occasion). If there is a stinger in your skin -Remove stinger by scraping along edge of skin with credit card or other flat object. Take care..
Jan 18, 2014
A 37-year-old member asked:

What to do for wasp sting and swelling?

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Dr. Brian Novick
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Depends: Most people who are stung by bees just get a red, swollen itchy "bump" in the area...Wshing it right away..Using ice...Applying cortisone cream and taking an antihistamine usually provides relief. If you have bee sting allergy you can have more serious symptoms(hives all over, asthma, trouble breathing etc..) if you have these see an allergist asap.

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