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I have allergies and recently discovered i can add hornet/wasp stings to the list. Years ago i had an epi pen but never used it. Should I have one?

I have allergies and recently discovered i can add hornet/wasp stings to the list.  Years ago i had an epi pen but never used it. Should I have one?

Yes: If you had a reaction which led to testing which showed that you were allergic to stinging insects, you should have an epipen (epinephrine). You should renew your prescription each year. You will probably never need it. However, if you do, you will be glad you had one. In some cases it can mean the difference between life and death. ...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


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Can you die from a single hornet sting?

Yes: It you are highly allergic ; have an anaphylactic reaction. F you have a known allergy to hornet (wasp) stings – it would be optimum for you to carry an epi-pen, ana- guard sting kit (or similar product) with you all the time. Be familiar with it's use before you need to use it. Check the expiration date- obtain new prescription if needed by your physician. ...Read more

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How long does swelling from hornet sting last?

Hornet Sting: In uncomplicated situations - there is usually fairly good resolution within 72 hours. Swelling can however, sometimes last for a week. ...Read more

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What can treat the pain and swelling of a hornet sting?

What can treat the pain and swelling of a hornet sting?

Sx relief: 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. Throat, airway or tongue swelling – call 911. ...Read more

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Is there a good way to make swelling from hornet sting go down?

Is there a good way to make swelling from hornet sting go down?

Tips: 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. Throat, airway or tongue swelling – call 911. ...Read more

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What are the different reactions to wasp, hornet, and bee stings?

What are the different reactions to wasp, hornet, and bee stings?

See below: Most commonly there is redness, swelling, and warmth at the bite site. The area may also be itchy. And, the size of the involved area tends to increase during the first one to two days. Some people can have very significant swelling, and/or develop an anaphylactic reaction with trouble breathing. ...Read more

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What can be done to get the swelling to go down on a hornet sting?

What can be done to get the swelling to go down on a hornet sting?

Hornet sting tips: Clean with soap ; warm water. Apply ice in 10 minute. Increments; alternating 10 on ; 10 off. Elevate affected area. Tylenol, (acetaminophen) Aspirin or Motrin for pain or Benadryl for swelling. Make a paste of 2 parts baking soda ; 1 part water ; apply. Need tetanus shot every 10 years. Throat, airway or tongue swelling – call 911. ...Read more

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Which stings from wasps, hornets or yellow jackets are the most dangerous?

Which stings from wasps, hornets or yellow jackets are the most dangerous?

Hornets: Hornets ; yellow jackets are both wasps. Hornet stings are usually more painful than other wasps because their venom contains 5% acetylcholine. Some hornet species have extremely toxic venom. The asian giant hornet has the most dangerous venom ; is responsible for many deaths every year. Single stings are not usually lethal (severe allergies can be the exception to this rule). Both yellow jackets. ...Read more

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