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Dr. Brian Novick
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What to do for wasp sting and swelling?

Dr. Brian Novick
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What to do for wasp sting and swelling?

Depends: 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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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


Dr. Douglas Berson
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How long does it take for swelling to go down after a few wasp stings? No allergies to insect stings/bites.

Dr. Douglas Berson
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How long does it take for swelling to go down after a few wasp stings? No allergies to insect stings/bites.

Wasp stings swelling: Sting reactions can normally take several days to go down but should be improving by then. It may take a week or more to resolve completely. If it is worsening or not improving then you should have it looked at. You could have developed a local skin infection at the site of the sting. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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How do I reduce the swelling of the wasp sting?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Ice: 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, 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

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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How long does swelling from a wasp sting last?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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How long does swelling from a wasp sting last?

Wasp Sting: Swelling from a large local reaction may last 48 hour up to one week. ...Read more

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Is swelling from a wasp sting normal on day 2?

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Is swelling from a wasp sting normal on day 2?

Yes, can happen: It isn't uncommon to still have some progression of swelling after 24 hours. 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, Aspirin or Motrin for pain or Benadryl for swelling. Make a paste of 2 parts baking soda ; 1 part water ; apply. Throat, airway, mouth swelling or difficulty breathing? ...Read more

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What can I do to reduce swelling from a wasp sting?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Ice: 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, 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

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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What to do if I have a wasp sting and it has not stop the swelling for at least 17 hours?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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? : I don't understand. If it is still swollen after 17 hours that can be normal. But, it is progressively and significantly swelling, i would go to your er. Make a paste of 2 parts baking soda & 1 part water & apply. Or: apply an enzyme based meat tenderizer in a poultice & wrap area. ...Read more

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How do I eliminate some of the swelling of a wasp sting?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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How do I eliminate some of the swelling of a wasp sting?

Wasp sting tips: Clean area with soap ; warm water. Apply ice in 10 min. Increments; alternating 10 on ; 10 off. You can take tylenol, Aspirin or Motrin for pain or Benadryl for swelling. Make a paste of 2 parts baking soda ; 1 part water ; apply. Raise affected area. You need a tetanus shot every 10 years. Throat, airway, mouth swelling? Call 911! ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Is my swelling from a wasp sting and how can I reduce it ?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Is my swelling from a wasp sting and how can I reduce it ?

Wasp ? Uncertain: Clean area with soap ; warm water. Apply ice in 10 min. Increments; alternating 10 on ; 10 off. You can take tylenol, Aspirin or Motrin for pain or Benadryl for swelling. Make a paste of 2 parts baking soda ; 1 part water ; apply. Insure that your tetanus status is up to date. Tetanus shot every 10 years. Throat, airway, mouth swelling? Call 911! ...Read more

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Which products could I use to reduce the swelling of a wasp sting?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Which products could I use to reduce the swelling of a wasp sting?

See below: Clean with soap ; warm water. Apply ice in 10 minute. Increments; alternating 10 on ; 10 off. Tylenol, 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

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