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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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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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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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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

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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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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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I'm having bee sting symptoms a week later! what do I do?

How severe? where?: Local symptoms from stings can often last several days. Secondary infections from stings can also occur. If you are having hives, breathing problems, or severe swelling, you need to see an allergist immediately for treatment. Once your symptoms resolve, you should be tested to see if you have bee sting allergy. ...Read more

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How normal is it for bee sting symptoms to restart?

How normal is it for bee sting symptoms to restart?

Possibly: If you took a medication like benedryl and it is wearing off, the symptoms may become more apparent. ...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

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