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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. Qamar Khan
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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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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