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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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How long does it take a childs swollen lip to go down from a bee sting?

Check with MD: If patient is allergic, they will need medications to treat. If not, Benadryl (diphenhydramine) usually helps and is otc. ...Read more

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Should I take my son to the er? He has a bee sting with a ugly, swollen red rash about 10-11 inches long. He's breathing fine.

Should I take my son to the er? He has a bee sting with a ugly, swollen red rash about 10-11 inches long. He's breathing fine.

Benedryl: The nasty reactions (breathing pbs) to a bee sting will be evident within 15-20 min if they require er care. Swollen extremities or hives can often be minimized by giving Diphenhydramine (benedryl) in proper doses every 4-6 hrs. If the kid has major sx like abdominal pain & lethargy with the event, a workup by an allergist may be worthwhile soon as rxns can worsen in the future. ...Read more

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Why is my bee sting swollen again?

Why is my bee sting swollen again?

Local Reaction?: Typical reaction to bee sting involves a local reaction. Manifests as redness and painful swelling around the site of the sting that usually develops within minutes and resolves within a few hours. In some cases swelling may last 1-2 days. Uncomplicated local reactions may be treated with cold compresses, NSAIDs for pain, and nonsedating antihistamines for itching. Consult Allergist if more severe ...Read more

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I just got a bee sting it's swollen, is that normal?

I just got a bee sting it's swollen, is that normal?

Yes.: Everyone is a little different on this. Some get almost no reaction, most gets some minor redness / pain but others get very large local reactions of redness, swelling, pain. Rare individuals will develop systemic and life threatening reactions within minutes - anaphylaxis - involving the airways and circulation. If you develop wheezing, swelling of upper airways or sob see er asap. ...Read more

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What does it mean when a bee sting is swollen and blistered?

What does it mean when a bee sting is swollen and blistered?

Common: You can rub in cortisone. Prescription cortisones are more potent, much more effective, than otc. ...Read more

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I'm worried because my bee sting is swollen and nothing works. What do you suggest?

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

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Why is my bee sting still swollen and itchy?

Why is my bee sting still swollen and itchy?

Local Reaction: Typical reaction to bee sting involves a local reaction. Manifests as redness and painful swelling around the site of the sting that usually develops within minutes and resolves within a few hours. In some cases swelling may last 1-2 days. Uncomplicated local reactions may be treated with cold compresses, NSAIDs for pain, and nonsedating antihistamines for itching. Consult Allergist if more severe ...Read more

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Can someone explain to me how come my bee sting so swollen and itchy?

Can someone explain to me how come my bee sting so swollen and itchy?

It's due to release: Of histamine and other chemicals. 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, . ...Read more

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Bee sting swollen and pain right up my arm, what to do?

Bee sting swollen and pain right up my arm, what to do?

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 or Benadryl for swelling. Make paste of 2 parts baking soda & 1 part water & apply. Need tetanus shot every 10 years. Throat, airway, mouth swelling or difficulty breathing? Call 911! Seek medical care for milder allergic > ...Read more

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Week and a half old bee sting swollen and red and itchy. Normal?

Week and a half old bee sting swollen and red and itchy. Normal?

Maybe: Have the spot checked...I am concerned there can be a retained insect part causing all this inflammation. Alternatively some people just react strongly to bites. Try an otc Hydrocortisone and ice the area. ...Read more

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Bee sting swollen and pain right up my arm, what do you recommend?

Bee sting swollen and pain right up my arm, what do you recommend?

Barb removed yet?: 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. If it has been > 10 years since your last tetanus shot – get it updated. If swelling is diameter is > 4 inches then you could have a mild allergic reaction. ...Read more

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Is itnormal for your lymph node to be slighly swollen after a bee sting?

Depends: It usually depends on patient sensitivity to the sting. Recommend a medical visit to evaluate and prescribe medications if necessary. ...Read more

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Felt what I thought was a bee sting. When I got up there was nothing there. But I have a red dot in that spot that it stung. It is swollen around it?

Felt what I thought was a bee sting. When I got up there was nothing there. But I have a red dot in that spot that it stung. It is swollen around it?

Possible: While it could be swollen enough that you don't see the stinger, it is also possible there was not one left behind. Not all stinging insects leave the stinger in the skin. So unless you know for sure which type stung you, I wouldn't sorry that you can't find a stinger to remove. Put an ice cube over the red area, take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) if very itchy (Topical anti-itch creams usually don't work well). ...Read more

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Should you elevate a swollen leg from bee sting?

Swollen after bee st: The swelling is due to histamine release and influx of fluid which is going to take time to resolve. Having said that, if it feels better elevated there is no reason it can't be elevated. ...Read more

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Swollen lymph node from bee sting, what to do?

Simply monitoring: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph for anything bad like bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well. ...Read more

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Big toe swollen and itchy? Could it be a bee sting or something like that?

Big toe swollen and itchy? Could it be a bee sting or something like that?

Could be: Where you stung?
It could also be the beginning of athletes foot fungus, or a bacterial infection if the toenail is ingrown. ...Read more

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Bee sting on my thumb from two days ago won't stop hurting, feels stiff and slightly swollen?

Stick it out: This is not an allergic reaction. You're having a significant toxic reaction to the sting, but it will go away. The only other thing to watch for is redness or pus; if the area becomes hot and red, and the area of redness keeps growing, you may have an infection of the skin, since the stinger usually pushes bacteria into the skin during the sting. You need to see your doctor and start antibiotics. ...Read more

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I got a bee sting and it was swollen for a week and it was very itchy, could I be allergic to bee stings?

Management: Your symptoms indicate a mild allergic reaction. If stung again, you may develop a similar or worse reaction. I have attached a link for more information:
http://www. Webmd. Com/allergies/guide/insect-stings

For mild itchiness, an anti histamine is usually part of the management. ...Read more

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Should I go to urgent care for bee sting? It has 20 hrs and it is still swollen. The pain is replaced with extreme itchiness

Should I go to urgent care for bee sting? It has 20 hrs and it is still swollen. The pain is replaced with extreme itchiness

This sounds like a: Very normal reaction to bee sting. If the area becomes hot or appears to be infected then seek medical care. In the meantime an antihistamine like benedryl and cool compresses will probably help. ...Read more

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My bee sting from a honey bee is itchy and swollen. Should I go to the er?

No.: If you are having only local itching, and no difficulty breathing, nausea, vomiting, or dizziness you are having a common localized reaction to a bee sting. You may get relief by a cold compress, a mild analgesic like Ibuprofen & an antihistamine like fexofenadine or cetirizine. Some physicians recommend applying Hydrocortisone cream. If on an arm or leg elevating the extremity reduces swelling. ...Read more

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Should I worry if my eyes are puffy and swollen due to a bee sting on my scalp?

Bee sting: Bee stings can cause an anaphylactic reaction (swollen eyes, swollen throat sensation, difficulty swallowing). Be sure you do not have any of these other symptoms. Otherwise: cold ice packs, Benadryl (diphenhydramine) (if not other medical contraindications). ...Read more

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My hand is swollen I am assuming it is bee sting. It is very painful. Any medicine required?

If bee sting: Antihistamine and apply ice but if your unsure of diagnosis, need to see a doc.
I would encourage a visit to the urgent care center. ...Read more

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My daughter got stung by a honey bee on her chest yesterday and its still red and really swollen. This her secound bee sting what does it mean?

Bee sting: A bee sting area often appears red and swollen. Applying ice and Hydrocortisone cream may help improve the area. If the area worsens or fever develops, or difficulty breathing develops, it requires immediate medical attention. ...Read more

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Severe reaction to a bee sting on the top of my foot. Swollen and painful. What can I do to reduce swelling and pain?

Er or primary md: Initially cold will help and antiinflammatories such as anvil or Motrin if not contraindicated. Reaction can be treated with oral steroids if necessary. ...Read more

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Bee sting area swollen and painful. Also red line going from the sting sight and up the arm and arm and wrist is swollen?

Phlebitis: This is a medical emergency, you need to go to the emergency room right away as the sting has for some reason got inflammation and possible infection in your veins. ...Read more

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Hello - my entire forearm is swollen and red and itchy week and a half after bee sting on the wrist - though I think I just pulled the stinger out.

See your doctor: This may still be a normal local reaction to the bee sting, especially if you just pulled the stinger out. Reactions last longer when the stingers are left in. You can try taking oral Benadryl (diphenhydramine) if you have not already done so. If that does not help and it remains swollen and red, you should see a doctor. ...Read more

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Can a bee sting on the finger cause swollen eyes after 2 days?

No: Reactions that cause symptoms removed from the site of the sting are allergic, and allergic reactions to stings take place within seconds to a few minutes, although symptoms an hour or two later might occur. Not two days. ...Read more

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The bottom of my foot is swollen from a bee sting, now my leg is hurting should I go to the doctors?

Maybe, maybe not: I would take some diphenhydramine (benedryl) and give it another day. Swelling and discomfort are common with this process. If you are not sure it was a bee, or if the pain requires more than over the counter meds, an office visit may be worth the effort ...Read more

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Bee sting on tongue. Happened 6 hours ago. Only put ice on it. For a short minute. But hurts like a canker sore but worse. And swollen. Help?

Bee sting on tongue. Happened 6 hours ago. Only put ice on it. For a short minute. But hurts like a canker sore but worse. And swollen. Help?

Bee sting: What a horrible spot to get stung. Take a dose of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and be checked as your tongue is part of your airway. All the best. ...Read more

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Got a large redbump center of eyelid-size of pupil in low light).When I squint my eye, bump feels like a bee sting. Lid stil swollen 2 days. Saw spidr.

Got a large redbump center of eyelid-size of pupil in low light).When I squint my eye, bump feels like a bee sting. Lid stil swollen 2 days. Saw spidr.

Stye: It sounds like a stye. Possibly a chalazion. Not anything dangerous and not because of a spider bite. Warm compresses, not just warm towel but use a potato in the microwave, wrap with wet towel. 20 minutes on. ...Read more

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Can there be long term effects of a bee sting?

Bee sting: Usually not, unless you retain the stinger and have complications as a result of this. ...Read more

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How long effects from a bee sting last?

Few hrs usually: But occasionally for many hrs. Most people who are stung by bees just get a red, swollen iitchy "bump" in the area...Washing 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