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Can I use cephalexin 500mg capsules for bee sting infection?

Can I use cephalexin 500mg capsules for bee sting infection?

Potentially: If sting site truly secondarily infected, and no concern re mrsa, Keflex is fine. If not infected but large inflammatory response, no antibiotic is needed. ...Read more

Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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Do I have a bee sting infection? been 3 days and still itches a lot. is turning purple and sting site is whiteish and slightly raised. also warmer.

Do I have a bee sting infection? been 3 days and still itches a lot. is turning purple and sting site is whiteish and slightly raised. also warmer.

Bell venom allergy: It's much more likely that you're allergic to the venom the bee injected into you. Itching is a hallmark of allergy - and if the area is inflamed like that, it's probably all allergy. I would try putting some ice on it (10 min on, 10 min off), take some benadryl or other antihistamine every 6 to 8 hours and see what happens. If you develop a fever, or the rash area extends, you need to show a doc. ...Read more

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Bee sting still itching badly after 8 days. No visible stinger left. No signs of infection. What should I do?

Bee sting still itching badly after 8 days. No visible stinger left. No signs of infection.  What should I do?

Wait: You may be having an allergic reaction to material injected by the bee, and trying a topical steroid which you can get otc would help. Otherwise, it will go away. If it becomes red, hot, hard, tender, see a doctor immediately. ...Read more

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Daughter is on keflex for an infection from bee sting when do side effects normally kick in?

Daughter is on keflex for an infection from bee sting when do side effects normally kick in?

????????????????: It is not clear what you are asking.If the kid had an allergic reaction to the med it could be immediate, or show up as a rash or digestive problems within a few days.If you are looking for something specific, please start over and be specific.This is not a chat room and questions are not linked. ...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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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 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 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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What does a bee sting feel like?

What does a bee sting feel like?

Bee sting: It's usually painful unless you've been stung frequently and developed immunity to the components in the fluid associated with the sting. As a beekeeper i usually get stung each spring, and it is painful until my immunity kicks in. You can decreased the pain if you rub and freshly cut slice of onion over the sting after you've scraped out the stinger. ...Read more

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Describe the features of a bee sting.?

Ouch!: A bee sting can hurt and swell. Be sure to remove the stinger. Apply ice. Take an allergy pill. ...Read more

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How to treat a bee sting.

How to treat a bee sting.

Immidiate and later: Call 911 if you have 1 trouble breathing 2feeling faint or dizzy 3hives 4swollen tongue 5history of severe allergy of insect sting and use epi pen if it was prescribed by your physician if no secere allergy symptoms scrape the area with finger nail or tweezers to remove the stinger do not pinch the stinger as it can inject venom ice the area take antihistamine(benadryl) tylenol/motrin for pain. ...Read more

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What is the cure for a bee sting?

What is the cure for a bee sting?

Bee sting: 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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What are the risks from a bee sting?

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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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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How to treat a bee sting--baking soda?

Ice is best. Baking: Powder also helps. Remove stinger asap by scraping along edge of skin w credit card. Clean area w soap ; warm water. Apply ice in 10 min. Increments (10 on/10 off). Can try tylenol, (acetaminophen) Aspirin or Motrin for pain or Benadryl for swelling. Make paste of 2 parts baking soda ; 1 part water ; apply. Need tetanus shot every 10 years. Throat, airway, mouth swelling or difficulty breathing? Call 911! ...Read more

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Why is my bee sting still swollen and itchy?

Why is my bee sting still swollen and itchy?

Local Reaction: Typical reaction to bee sting involves a local reaction. Manifests as redness and painful swelling around the site of the sting that usually develops within minutes and resolves within a few hours. In some cases swelling may last 1-2 days. Uncomplicated local reactions may be treated with cold compresses, NSAIDs for pain, and nonsedating antihistamines for itching. Consult Allergist if more severe ...Read more

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How long to observe a bee sting for allergy?

How long to observe a bee sting for allergy?

Hour or two: Serious allergy reactions to bee sting typically happen within the first few minutes to an hour or two. ...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