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How Long Should Bee Stings Last
Bee? wasp? hornet?: Melittin is injected into the skin by a bee. This can cause significant sharp pain for a few minutes due to stimulation of pain receptor nerve endings in skin. There can be residual achy pain for several days with tenderness to palpation. Complications can cause longer symptoms.Yellow jackets can sting AND bite. Marked pain & significant itching may be experienced for 1 to 2 hours. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can be immediate: Anaphylaxis to bee stings is a rapid onset, severe, and potentially life threatening reaction due to an allergy to the bee venom. It often occurs within minutes of a sting. Because this is life threatening, people with bee sting allergy should be tested by an allergist, carry an Epinephrine pen, and possibly be put on allergy injections to bee venom. ...Read more
Can these bee stings feelings in feet come from sitting in same positions for long hours? And from flip flops?
Absolutely: That pins and needle sensation "after your leg falls asleep" is due to blood flow returning to a previously crisscrossed leg, etc... When crossed with pressure, your blood flow and nerves were being squeezed (not dangerous) - and you feel as if your leg is asleep. When blood flow returns, the nerves initially fire randomly resulting in the pins and needles sensation. ...Read more
See Allergists: Bee sting reactions can be relatively benign to life ending. In general local reactions to sting require symptomatic treatment. Reactions that occur away from sting site like hives, wheezing, lip or tongue swelling require more aggressive treatment like immunotherapy. Rarely, bee sting reactions uncover another disease called mastocytosis. Proper tx requires seeing an allergist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Varies: Bee sting reactions can range from mild irritation at sting site to life threatening reactions to death. Any sting that causes more than local irritation needs thorough evaluation and treatment. Venom immunotherapy has been demonstrated to significantly reduce the risk of systemic reaction to future stings. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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