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How much does a bee sting hurt?

How much does a bee sting hurt?

It can be a : Bit intense the second you are getting stung. The good news is that the pain begins to start lessening within a number of minutes. ...Read more

Stings (Definition)

Stings can come from different sources. Insect stings such as a honey bee is one of the most familiar. Sting by fish in water is another common experience many of ...Read more


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Sweat bee sting caused swelling, dizziness, cold sweats and nausea, but no SOA. Symptoms releaved in 1-2 hours. Normal reaction or something worse.

Concerning ..: The symptoms you describe are more suggestive of a severe reaction to bee venom and possible bee venom allergy. Because of the severity of symptoms, I would encourage you to seek input from your primary care doctor, as they may refer you to an allergist for bee venom allergy testing. Remember, your next reaction to a bee sting could be even worse if this is a true allergy. Best of luck. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of bee stings?

What are the symptoms of bee stings?

Varies: Bee sting reactions can range from mild irritation at sting site to life threatening reactions to death. Any sting that causes more than local irritation needs thorough evaluation and treatment. Venom immunotherapy has been demonstrated to significantly reduce the risk of systemic reaction to future stings. ...Read more

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My bee sting from a honey bee is itchy and swollen? What would be signs of infection?

My bee sting from a honey bee is itchy and swollen?  What would be signs of infection?

Pus/abscess: If see pus or absces formation then the bee sting site is getting infected. You may need antibiotics. ...Read more

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How long effects from a bee sting last?

Few hrs usually: But occasionally for many hrs.Most people who are stung by bees just get a red, swollen iitchy "bump" in the area...Washing it right away..Using ice...Applying cortisone cream and taking an antihistamine usually provides relief. If you have bee sting allergy you can have more serious symptoms(hives all over, asthma, trouble breathing etc..) if you have these see an allergist asap. ...Read more

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How to diagnose a bee sting allergy in yourself?

How to diagnose a bee sting allergy in yourself?

Venom testing: If one has an allergic reaction to bee sting then venom skin testing and / or venom blood testing is indicated. ...Read more

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If I got bee sting shots, will I test negative on a skin test?

If I got bee sting shots, will I test negative on a skin test?

Possibly yes: This is seen more frequently in hymenoptera models (insects) but not in aeroallergen (pollens, danders, etc). ...Read more

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If you have bee sting allergy should you avoid hiking?

If you have bee sting allergy should you avoid hiking?

Not necessarily: Bee sting allergy is potentially very serious. Stings can occur anywhere and anytime. One needs to decide whether a particular activity is a reasonable to undertake given one's medical condition. ...Read more

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What can cause a bee sting turn black and blue like a bruise?

What can cause a bee sting turn black and blue like a bruise?

Painful hematoma: The stinger may have injured/punctured a superficial blood vessel that bled locally causing the hematoma (bruise). Ice, elevation, decreased use, and minimal compression (ace wrap) should help improve your pain and bruising from a local hematoma. If symptoms do not improve in a day or two, seek medical evaluation. ...Read more