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A 42-year-old female asked:

Hi. my daughter got stung by a bee yesterday on her hand. this morning her hand was swollen, warm to the touch and itchy. gave her allergex. she says now her hand is numb. the finger is still swollen. should i be concerned? or continue with allergex?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Arthus reaction: This sounds like a classical arthus reaction to the sting.It is not the scary dangerous bee sting reaction, but represents a protective response.The body turns local capillaries into soaker hoses that flood the area with serum to dilute the bite toxins.That slows/dilutes the effect on the body.The swelling can take days to fade/itch/be warm.Allergex may help the itch but won't change the timetable

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