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A 38-year-old member asked:

How can i treat a wasp sting?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Baking soda mix: 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. Need a tetanus shot every 10 years. Throat, airway or tongue swelling – call 911.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
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Due to lack of barb, wasp stinger is usually not left in skin. However, occasionally, a stinger becomes lodged & stuck in skin. If this were to occur: remove stinger by scraping along edge of skin with a credit card.
Jan 18, 2014

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A 51-year-old member asked:

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!
A 40-year-old member asked:

What to do about wasp sting?

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Dr. Lee Perry
Allergy and Immunology 17 years experience
Many treatments: The most thing is to identify whether or not you might have life threatening allergy to insect stings--this type of allergy would be characterized by symptoms that occur away from the sight of the sting. Examples would include head-to-toe hives, shortness of breath, or throat discomfort. If the symptoms are local only, treat with ice and oral benadryl (diphenhydramine).
A 36-year-old member asked:

How can you treat a wasp sting on a young child?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Remedies: Remove stinger by scraping along edge of skin with a credit card. 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. Or you can apply a meat tenderizer poultice to the area. Throat, airway or tongue swelling – call 911.
A 36-year-old member asked:

How do I treat a wasp sting if big and red?

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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 28 years experience
Use EpiPEN, (epinephrine) go to ER: You may have no problem with this, but if you have an allergy or you think you do, my advice is to get to an er asap. They will give you Epinephrine so you don't go into anaphylactic shock, which can close your airway and kill you. After this episode is over, you might want to see your doctor and get an epipen, (epinephrine) which is a shot of Epinephrine you can give yourself quick if this happens again.
A 30-year-old member asked:

Please tell me how to treat a wasp sting?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 28 years experience
Use EpiPEN, (epinephrine) go to ER: You may have no problem with this, but if you have an allergy or you think you do, my advice is to get to an er asap. They will give you Epinephrine so you don't go into anaphylactic shock, which can close your airway and kill you. After this episode is over, you might want to see your doctor and get an epipen, (epinephrine) which is a shot of Epinephrine you can give yourself quick if this happens again.

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