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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Stephen Southard Dr. Southard
Internal Medicine
11 years in practice
Tufts University School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Andrew Murphy Dr. Murphy
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
25 years in practice
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Gutti Rao Dr. Rao
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice
42 years in practice
Dr M.G.R. Medical University, Madras, Christian Medical College
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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.

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Dr. Brian Novick Dr. Novick
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
39 years in practice
Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Andrew Murphy Dr. Murphy
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
25 years in practice
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Maziar Rezvani Dr. Rezvani
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
17 years in practice
Ross University School of Medicine
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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).

Dr. Andrew Murphy Dr. Murphy
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
25 years in practice
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Thomas Deberardino Dr. Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery
28 years in practice
New York Medical College
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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.

Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan Dr. Dohan
Dermatology
53 years in practice
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What does it mean when a bee sting is swollen and blistered?

What does it mean when a bee sting is swollen and blistered?

Common: You can rub in cortisone. Prescription cortisones are more potent, much more effective, than otc.

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Dr. Andrew Murphy Dr. Murphy
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
25 years in practice
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Dan Fisher Dr. Fisher
Internal Medicine
23 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Dr. Michael Fisher Dr. Fisher
Dermatology
28 years in practice
Morehouse School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Brian Novick Dr. Novick
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
39 years in practice
Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Jeffrey Rosch Dr. Rosch
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
45 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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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.

Dr. Robert Jackson Dr. Jackson
Dermatology
39 years in practice
Meharry Medical College School of Medicine
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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.

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