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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?

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

Insect Bites (Definition)

Insect bites are from mosquitos, spiders, flies, ticks, and other species that use their mandibles (jaws) to attach to a person or other animal. They can then suck blood out of their "prey" and leave saliva proteins that cause itching and swelling. Other insect species, like bees, yellow jackets, wasps, hornets and fire ants actually inject venom into their prey and can not only cause localized pain and swelling, but severe, acute allergic reactions in ...Read more


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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?

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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Any such thing as a delayed allergic reaction to a bee sting?

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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Could you ever have an allergic reaction to a bee sting several days after a sting?

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

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 (diphenhydramine) as emergency treatment. ...Read more

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

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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Yes I was stung by a bee on my left big toe yesterday now I'm having chest pains that are sharp. I never had an allergic reaction to a bee sting?

Allergic reaction: Symptoms of allergic reaction to a bee sting include swelling at site of sting, hives, swelling of lips, tongue and face, wheeze or difficulty breathing. Chest pain is not a usual symptom of allergic reaction. Seek out medical attention if chest pain is persisting more than an hour. ...Read more

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6 hrs ago had Allergic reaction to bee sting, emt gave Benadryl, (diphenhydramine) then doctors at hospital gave prednisone and pepcid, Can next dose benadryl (diphenhydramine) b taken?

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6 hrs ago had Allergic reaction to bee sting,  emt gave Benadryl, (diphenhydramine) then doctors at hospital gave prednisone and pepcid, Can next dose benadryl (diphenhydramine) 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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What does it mean if a patient has a history of allergic reactions to bee stings?

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, (epinephrine) self administered Epinephrine to use as initial treatment until they can get to a hospital for additional care. ...Read more

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What is involved with desensitization therapy when one's reaction to bee stings is anaphylaxis?

Venom allergy shots: Venom immunotherapy (venom shots) is recommended for patients with systemic reactions such as anaphylaxis to stinging insects. Once testing has determined which stinging insects someone is allergic to, gradually increasing doses of venom are injected in the allergists office according to varying schedules. Once the maintenance dosage is reached injections are generally given every 4 to 8 weeks. ...Read more

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Is there a way to test if I am allergic to bee stings if I have never been stung before?

Is there a way to test if I am allergic to bee stings if I have never been stung before?

Not allergic...: If you have never had a beesting, you are not allergic...At least not until after the first time. To be allergic to something, your body must be in contact with it at least once for it to develop the "memory to be allergic" to a specific antigen, in this case the beesting. Also, allergic to one beesting does not necessarily mean you will be allergic to all beestings. Be safe... Good luck. ...Read more

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If allergic to bee stings, would you be allergic to honey and bees wax?

If allergic to bee stings, would you be allergic to honey and bees wax?

No.: A bee sting allergy means you are allergic to the bee's venom, which is not in either honey or beeswax. It is certainly possible to be allergic to honey or beeswax (especially if you have a bad pollen allergy), but that's a completely separate allergy, unrelated to bee sting venom. ...Read more

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Could you tell me if one is allergic to bee stings will he be allergic to jellyfish or fire coral?

Not necessarily: Bee sting allergy is triggered by ige mediated allergy to specific proteins in the honey bee venom. Mellitin and phospholipase are some of these proteins. These are distinct from jelly fish and coral reactions. Many people will react to jelly fish and coral stings suggesting a toxic reaction as opposed to a true allergic reaction. ...Read more

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Can i still take bee pollen or eat raw local honey if i'm allergic to bee stings?

Can i still take bee pollen or eat raw local honey if i'm allergic to bee stings?

Venom: Your deadly allergy is to the venom from a bee sting. That does not mean that you would be allergic to bee pollen or honey. If you are concerned about food allergies, an allergist would be the medical professional to see. ...Read more

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I got a bee sting and it was swollen for a week and it was very itchy, could i be allergic to bee stings?

I got a bee sting and it was swollen for a week and it was very itchy, could i be allergic to bee stings?

Management: Your symptoms indicate a mild allergic reaction. If stung again, you may develop a similar or worse reaction. I have attached a link for more information: http://www.webmd.com/allergies/guide/insect-stings For mild itchiness, an anti histamine is usually part of the management. ...Read more

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What do you do when a bee stings you and you are possibly allergic?

What do you do when a bee stings you and you are possibly allergic?

Possibly ?: If your response to a bee sting has been something like a localized rash or hives you can relax & view the process as minor.If you become dizzy, have abdominal cramps, tightening of the chest or throat with difficulty breathing you should see an allergist. You should carry a auto-injector device with Epinephrine & consider desensitization therapy. ...Read more

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Allergies (Definition)

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Allergic Reaction (Definition)

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