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What are common wasp sting allergic reactions?

What are common wasp sting allergic reactions?

Local: Most sting reactions cause local symptoms: swelling, itchiness, redness. Very rarely can one see a patient develop systemic allergic reaction. ...Read more

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Allergy (Definition)

An allergy is an exagerated immune responce to a typically benign trigger. You can have allergic responces to many things like pollens, animal dander, foods, medications, among other things. Symptoms may be bothersome, but benign, or can be fatal. Not all reactions to exposures are allergies and if you think you may be allergic , i recommend being evaluated by ...Read more


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How can scorpion venom compare to bee sting venom?

How can  scorpion venom compare to bee sting venom?

Type of Scorpion: That totally depends on the type of scorpion. Most of the scorpions in the us aren't too bad - but the bark scorpion is. Some scorpions outside of the us are very venomous. A single bee's venous isn't bad unless you are allergic to it. ...Read more

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How is a bee sting allergy treated?

How is a bee sting allergy treated?

Depends on type rxn: Oral antihistamines; topical anti-inflammatory creams/ointments like hydrocortisone/calamine/benadryl; oral steroids; and sometime Epinephrine via injection. ...Read more

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When after a bee sting can anaphylaxis occur?

Minutes usually: Reactions to insect stings and foods typically occur within minutes to an hour or so after the actual exposure (sting or eating the food). For reactions that happen many hours or days later, it is very unlikely that it was caused by exposure to that allergen. See an allergist if you have additional questions or concerns. ...Read more

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Can an anaphylactic reaction occur days after the allergens? For example a bee sting ?

Can an anaphylactic reaction occur days after the allergens? For example a bee sting ?

No: Anaphylaxis means a severe or life threatening allergic reaction. Regardless, an allergic reaction to a bee sting would happen within seconds. Minutes tops. There may be mild or no reaction to the first sting, but you can become sensitized so that a second sting can cause a severe reaction. If you swallow an allergen the reaction may be delayed several hours max for a type 1 hypersensitivity rxn. ...Read more

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Do bee stings cause lymphedema?

Do bee stings cause lymphedema?

No: A bee sting on the problem leg could cause additional swelling but is not a primary cause of lymphedema. ...Read more

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Can a fetus be allergic bee stings?

Can a fetus be allergic bee stings?

No: But if the mother is allergic the fetus could be affected if she has allergic reaction during pregnancy. ...Read more

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What causes a bee sting to stop itching?

Remedies: Remove stinger by scraping along edge of skin with credit card. Clean area with soap & warm water. Apply ice in 10 min. Increments; alternating 10 on & 10 off. You can take 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. Throat, airway, mouth swelling? Call 911! ...Read more

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If my skin blisters from a bee sting, does it mean i'm allergic to bee stings?

If my skin blisters from a bee sting, does it mean i'm allergic to bee stings?

No: Allergic reactions to bee stings are characterized by symptoms away from the site of the sting. If all of the reaction to a sting - blisters, swelling, redness - are all directly connected to the site of the sting, it's a large local reaction. If you get stung on the foot and get hives on your arms, or your throat swells or you start to wheeze - those are allergic reactions. See an allergist. ...Read more

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Can Benadryl (diphenhydramine) help a swelling and hive reaction (itching) allergic reaction to penicillin?

Can Benadryl (diphenhydramine) help a swelling and hive reaction (itching) allergic reaction to penicillin?

Depends: on the reaction, if just hives and itching, yes benadryl (diphenhydramine) can control it in the right dosage, after discontinuing the offending drug, but if more severe symptoms/swelling you need medical attention with the possible addition of epinephrine and probably steroids, ...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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Wasp sting that has redneas and swelling?

Wasp sting: Sorry to hear and know it really hurts. Apply cold compress and call you Dr. office for advice. They know you best. ...Read more

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What works against swelling from bee sting?

How to:: Remove stinger by scraping along edge of skin with a credit card. 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. Or you can apply a meat tenderizer poultice to the area. Throat, airway or tongue swelling – call 911. ...Read more

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Is bee sting on tongue dangerous?

Is bee sting on tongue dangerous?

It could be : Dangerous if there is significant swelling of the tongue or surrounding air way. If this occurred it could prevent a person from breathing. For throat, airway, mouth swelling or any difficulty breathing >call 911! ...Read more

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Can you be allergic to wasps stings but not other bee stings?

Yes: One can be allergic to wasp stings and not bee stings. ...Read more

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Wasp sting if allergic how long before symptoms show?

Minutes : If you are allergic to the wasp sting, you will know it by 15 minutes in a majority of the cases. ...Read more

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Tingly hands after a bee sting?

Tingly hands after a bee sting?

It can happen if you: Hyperventilate. Remove stinger by scraping along edge of skin w credit card. Clean area w soap ; warm water. Apply ice in 10 min. Increments; alternating 10 on ; 10 off. You can take tylenol, (acetaminophen) Aspirin or Motrin for pain or Benadryl for swelling. Make a paste of 2 parts baking soda ; 1 part water ; apply. Or apply a meat tenderizer poultice to the area. Throat, airway, mouth swelling? Call 911. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Bee Sting Allergy (Definition)

A bee sting allergy is an immune response after being stung by a bee. An allergic reaction can also occur after being stung by a paper wasp, yellow jacket, yellow hornet, and white faced hornets. A reaction can include swelling, hives, cough, wheeze, nausea, belly pain, vomiting, fall in blood pressure and loss of consciousness. Blood and skin testing ...Read more


Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more