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Dr. John Chiu
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Poss. bee sting/insect bite 1wk ago. Had pain for 2days, itchy 1day, then ok. Woke up yesterday w/ red itchy blotches around sting area. What's wrong?

Dr. John Chiu
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Poss. bee sting/insect bite 1wk ago. Had pain for 2days, itchy 1day, then ok. Woke up yesterday w/ red itchy blotches around sting area. What's wrong?

Not unusual: This is not that uncommon a reaction from a sting. If it does not have pus in it, the problem will likely resolve in a few days. If the problem is persistent, then one needs to consider whether part of the stinger was left in the sting site. If there is pus (unlikely for bee sting), then an antibiotic may be required.See doctor if problem persists or gets worse. ...Read more

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Allergic Reaction (Definition)

Allergic reactions are sensitivities to substances, called allergens, that come into contact with the skin, nose, eyes, respiratory tract, and gastrointestinal tract. They can be inhaled into the ...Read more


Dr. Tanya Russo
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My dad is deathly allergic to bees and wasps but I've never been stung by either. if don't want to find out the hard way. also are allergies genetic? Could I be deathly allergic to bee stings too?

Dr. Tanya Russo
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My dad is deathly allergic to bees and wasps but I've never been stung by either. if don't want to find out the hard way. also are allergies genetic? Could I be deathly allergic to bee stings too?

Possibly: Severe allergy to a single thing such as bee stings is not necessarily familial/genetic, but certain families DO have the tendency to be hypersensitive to things (leading to asthma, allergies and eczema). Blood tests are available to see if you also have this tendency towards severe reactions. Ask you doctor about testing for hymenoptera allergies, to be on the safe side. ...Read more

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Dr. Arthur Vegh
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Could you ever have an allergic reaction to a bee sting several days after a sting?

Dr. Arthur Vegh
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Could you ever have an allergic reaction to a bee sting several days after a sting?

Yes, differ manifest: Immediate reactions, ige antibody mediated, are the ones associate with dangerous anaphylaxis (airway obstruction, blood pressure drop, wheezing , hives). Delayed reactions tend to behave differently and have different mechanisms. They tend to be more likely rashes, delayed swellings. Sometimes there are fevers, joint aches but these resolve over time. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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How much time would it take to show symptoms of an allergic reaction of a bee sting?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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How much time would it take to show symptoms of an allergic reaction of a bee sting?

It could start: Immediately after the sting.

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Dr. Gregory LaMorte
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What to do if I have an allergic reaction from a bee sting any home remedies for a cure?

Dr. Gregory LaMorte
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Papain: Mix vinegar, baking soda, and meat tenderizer into a paste. Meat tenderizer contains an enzyme called papain that can break down toxins in bee venom. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Rosch
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What to do for a allergic reaction from a bee sting?

Dr. Jeffrey Rosch
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What to do for a allergic reaction from a bee sting?

Venom anaphylaxis : If you had an immediate reaction other than at the site of the sting such as hives, breathing, consciousness, blood pressure, gastrointestinal, or heart problems you orobably had insect anaphylaxis. That is an acute, potentially life threatening immediate reaction. You probably need an auto-injector with epinephrine, information about sting avoidance and evaluated by a bc allergist for venom it. ...Read more

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Dr. Doanh Nguyen
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I had an allergic reaction to a bee sting years ago and suffered allergic shock. What precautions should I take?

Dr. Doanh Nguyen
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I had an allergic reaction to a bee sting years ago and suffered allergic shock. What precautions should I take?

Insect sting allergy: In case of anaphylaxis reaction to insect sting, you should have the diagnosis confirmed by either blood or skin testing to the suspected insects. Preferably testing should be done 6 weeks after an allergic reaction. If the diagnosis is confirmed, you should be on allergy injection for that insect venom for desensitization. You should carry an epipen, Benadryl as emergency treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Fisher
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Any such thing as a delayed allergic reaction to a bee sting?

Dr. Michael Fisher
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Any such thing as a delayed allergic reaction to a bee sting?

Bee sting allergy: Venom does not cause a delayed reaction, it causes an immediate reaction. What you have is undoubtedly an infection. Whether it is an infection that requires medical treatment, or one that you could treat yourself by applying a topical disinfectant like tincture of iodine. If a reaction continues see you local doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Al Hegab
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6 hrs ago had Allergic reaction to bee sting, emt gave Benadryl, then doctors at hospital gave prednisone and pepcid, Can next dose benadryl b taken?

Dr. Al Hegab
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6 hrs ago had Allergic reaction to bee sting,  emt gave Benadryl, then doctors at hospital gave prednisone and pepcid, Can next dose benadryl b taken?

Yes: If you feel you still need it, but don't exceed recommended daily dose for diphenhydramine from all sources (300 mg /day), depends on the reaction too was it a local or whole body reaction? keep taking the benadryl for the next 24 -48 hours every 4-6 hours as needed 25- 50 mg , don't drive, and take the medicines prescribed at ER, if it was a whole body reaction, see an allergist, take care ...Read more

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Dr. James Ferguson
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What does it mean if a patient has a history of allergic reactions to bee stings?

Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Worrisome issue: This can be something as minor as localized swelling, hives, or a frank anaphalaxis where the person is at risk of death. If major, that person should be carrying an epipen, self administered Epinephrine to use as initial treatment until they can get to a hospital for additional care. ...Read more

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