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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

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How do you treat bee stings?

How do you treat bee stings?

See Allergists: Bee sting reactions can be relatively benign to life ending. In general local reactions to sting require symptomatic treatment. Reactions that occur away from sting site like hives, wheezing, lip or tongue swelling require more aggressive treatment like immunotherapy. Rarely, bee sting reactions uncover another disease called mastocytosis. Proper tx requires seeing an allergist. ...Read more

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How do I treat a bee sting (bumble)?

How do I treat a bee sting (bumble)?

Multistep: Remove stinger by scraping along edge of skin with a credit card. Clean area with soap & warm water. Apply ice in 10 minute increments; alternating 10 on & 10 off. Try a bag of cold peas. You can take meds like tylenol, (acetaminophen) Aspirin or Motrin for pain or Benadryl for swelling. Make a paste of 2 parts baking soda & 1 part water & apply. Throat, airway or tongue swelling, short of breath – call 911. ...Read more

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I want to know my options for treating bee stings?

Bee stings: If you have a single sting with no allergic symptoms, you may require only local wound care (such as cleaning and antibiotic ointment). Any retained stingers will be removed. Itching may be treated with an oral antihistamine such as Diphenhydramine (benadryl). Pain may be treated with medicine such as Ibuprofen (motrin), Acetaminophen (tylenol), or both. Also tetanus immunization will be given as. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for bee sting?

What is the treatment for bee sting?

Depends: Most people who are stung by bees just get a red, swollen itchy "bump" in the area...Wshing 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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What are good treatments to cure a bee sting?

Baking soda: Remove stinger-scrape along edge of skin with a credit card. Clean area with soap & warm water. Apply ice (bag of frozen peas) in 10 min. Increments; alternating 10 on & 10 off. You can take meds like 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. ...Read more

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How do I cure a bee sting from a bumble bee?

How do I cure a bee sting from a bumble bee?

Bumblebee sting: 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. Tetanus shot is needed every 10 years. Throat, airway or tongue swelling – call 911. ...Read more

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Which type of shock is a result of things like a bee sting, drugs, being allergic to nuts and shellfish?

Which type of shock is a result of things like a bee sting, drugs, being allergic to nuts and shellfish?

Anaphylactic shock: Severe allergic reaction involving more than one organ system (respiratory, cutaneous, gastrointestinal, genital-urinary, cardiovascular, and/or nervous system) result from release of large quantities or fchemical (mediators) from mast cells and basophils. These reaction can be the result of any of the mentioned allergens as well as others. The reactions are generally very rapid and can be fatal. ...Read more

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What do I do if my baby gets a bee sting?

What do I do if my baby gets a bee sting?

Depends: Depending on the age you could give benadryl (diphenhydramine). Area should be kept clean and dry. Ice numbs the area. ...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?

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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What are the risks from a bee sting?

Usually mild symptms: Most people who are stung by bees just get a red, swollen itchy "bump" in the area...Wshing 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 do I no if the stinger is out from a bee sting?

Easy to see: When stung, the bee actually leaves the stinger behind attached to the venom gland. Scraping it sideways to prevent squeezing more venom into the wound is recommended. If you don't see a gland attached it is either out or you were stung by something else. ...Read more

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What to do for bee sting?

What to do for bee sting?

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. ...Read more

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What to do with bee sting?

What to do with bee sting?

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. ...Read more

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What to do for a bee sting?

What to do for a bee sting?

See below: If no allergy to bee sting then use ice over the area and apply cortisone cream for swelling and itching. ...Read more

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What to do with a bee sting?

A bunch of things: Remove stinger by scraping along edge of skin with a credit card. Clean area with soap & warm water. Apply ice in 10 minute increments; alternating 10 on & 10 off. Try a bag of cold peas. You can take meds like tylenol, (acetaminophen) Aspirin or Motrin for pain or Benadryl for swelling. Make a paste of 2 parts baking soda & 1 part water & apply. Throat, airway or tongue swelling – call 911. ...Read more

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What should I do for bee sting?

Depends: If a person has a severe allergic reaction, call 911 and be treated in the er. To determine who needs to be seen by an allergist go to my blog: http://www.Familyallergyasthmacare.Com/2013/09/i-was-stung-and-had-a-reaction-do-i-need-to-see-an-allergist/. ...Read more

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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