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Bee Sting Large Local Reaction Treatment
Venom allergy shots: Venom immunotherapy (venom shots) is recommended for patients with systemic reactions such as anaphylaxis to stinging insects. Once testing has determined which stinging insects someone is allergic to, gradually increasing doses of venom are injected in the allergists office according to varying schedules. Once the maintenance dosage is reached injections are generally given every 4 to 8 weeks. ...Read more
Allergy Shots: Bee sting allergy can be life threatening. Local reactions to bee stings are common and can be treated with local therapy. Sytemic reactions: including hives, itchiness, trouble breathing, passing out, vomiting, lip and tongue swelling, are obviously more dangerous and require immediate treatment with epinephrine. However long term treatment for these patients might require allergy vaccine therapy. ...Read more
Depends,?? Rxn??: Bee stings can be simple issues that most can ignore. If the stinger remains scrape sideways to remove it & any trailing bee tissue that may have more venom. A cold compress decreases local pain, antihistamines can reduce swelling or itching. Major sting reactions can start with progressive swelling, abdominal pain, cough, difficulty breathing. If so a 911 call/er visit/e[pinephrine would be needed. ...Read more
Is there treatment to build immunity to bee stings? A few years ago I broke out in hives all over my body after a sting. I carry an epipen (epinephrine).
Absolutely.: I strongly disagree with the previous answer. Venom immunotherapy is absolutely effective for patients with bee sting allergy. Vit, administered to the proper patient, in the proper doses, by a bc allergist, reduces one's risk for anaphylaxis to "bee stings" from 40-70% risk to the low single digits. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
See details: It involves seeing an allergist and receiving injections of bee venom in increasing amounts over a period of weeks or months. ...Read more
Papain: Mix vinegar, baking soda, and meat tenderizer into a paste. Meat tenderizer contains an enzyme called papain that can break down toxins in bee venom. ...Read more
Can I take an oral anti histamin (Certirizin) and also apply topical gel dimetindene maleate (Fenistil) for a bee sting? I only have local reaction
Yes.: Taking an antihistamine can reduce the local reaction of a bee sting, as can topical antihistamines. Beware, some topical antihistamines like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can actually sensitize the skin and make reactions worse. Also, if you have any lip, tongue or breathing symptoms, please see a doctor right away. ...Read more
Yes I was stung by a bee on my left big toe yesterday now I'm having chest pains that are sharp. I never had an allergic reaction to a bee sting?
Allergic reaction: Symptoms of allergic reaction to a bee sting include swelling at site of sting, hives, swelling of lips, tongue and face, wheeze or difficulty breathing. Chest pain is not a usual symptom of allergic reaction. Seek out medical attention if chest pain is persisting more than an hour. ...Read more
Venom anaphylaxis: If you had an immediate reaction other than at the site of the sting such as hives, breathing, consciousness, blood pressure, gastrointestinal, or heart problems you orobably had insect anaphylaxis. That is an acute, potentially life threatening immediate reaction. You probably need an auto-injector with epinephrine, information about sting avoidance and evaluated by a bc allergist for venom it. ...Read more
Yes, differ manifest: Immediate reactions, ige antibody mediated, are the ones associate with dangerous anaphylaxis (airway obstruction, blood pressure drop, wheezing, hives). Delayed reactions tend to behave differently and have different mechanisms. They tend to be more likely rashes, delayed swellings. Sometimes there are fevers, joint aches but these resolve over time. ...Read more
It could start: Immediately after the sting.Get a more detailed answer ›
Bee sting allergy: Venom does not cause a delayed reaction, it causes an immediate reaction. What you have is undoubtedly an infection. Whether it is an infection that requires medical treatment, or one that you could treat yourself by applying a topical disinfectant like tincture of iodine. If a reaction continues see you local doctor. ...Read more
After being treated for a severe reaction to a bee sting can you still have an any antiphilaytic shock reaction the next day?
Yes.: There is a phenomenon of biphasic anaphylaxis which occurs in up to 20% of anaphylaxis. ...Read more
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
I had an allergic reaction to a bee sting years ago and suffered allergic shock. What precautions should I take?
Insect sting allergy: In case of anaphylaxis reaction to insect sting, you should have the diagnosis confirmed by either blood or skin testing to the suspected insects. Preferably testing should be done 6 weeks after an allergic reaction. If the diagnosis is confirmed, you should be on allergy injection for that insect venom for desensitization. You should carry an epipen, Benadryl (diphenhydramine) as emergency treatment. ...Read more
None!: There is no established relationship!Get a more detailed answer ›
Docs, could a bee sting cause a more severe reaction in a person that has high plood pressure and is taking lotril?
Unrelated: A persons response to a bee sting is related to that individual's inherent immune mechanism, hypersensitivity tendencies and after care. Elevated blood pressures and most medications should not alter that response from what it would be without those conditions. An exception may be the use of daily antihistamines, which may lessen the reaction. ...Read more
Severe reaction to a bee sting on the top of my foot. Swollen and painful. What can I do to reduce swelling and pain?
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
Possible to have a delayed honey bee sting reaction? Got stung two hours ago now hand is starting to puff up.
Toxic reaction: Allergic reactions to bee stings tend to occur within minutes. Swelling at the site of envenomation after two hours sounds like a normal toxic reaction to the bee venom. ...Read more
35 yr old f stung before by bees, suddenly gets bad reaction to bee sting. Dizzy, shortness of breath, swelling & fever. Do I now need epipen (epinephrine)?
6 hrs ago had Allergic reaction to bee sting, emt gave Benadryl, (diphenhydramine) then doctors at hospital gave prednisone and pepcid, Can next dose benadryl (diphenhydramine) b taken?
Yes: If you feel you still need it, but don't exceed recommended daily dose for diphenhydramine from all sources (300 mg /day), depends on the reaction too was it a local or whole body reaction? Keep taking the benadryl for the next 24 -48 hours every 4-6 hours as needed 25- 50 mg, don't drive, and take the medicines prescribed at ER, if it was a whole body reaction, see an allergist, take care ...Read more
Home tips: 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
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. For swelling – elevate affected area. Benadryl helps w swelling /itching. Make paste -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
Reduce symptoms: 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
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
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. ...Read more