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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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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.

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Last updated Jun 25, 2014

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