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How Many Bee Stings Does It Take To Kill A Human Adult
Depends: Could be just one or 100... Depends on the body's allergic response to the sting. One bee sting could result in anaphylaxis and death. Anyone with such an allergy needs to carry an epi-pen. Ask your doctor about this. It is very important! ...Read more
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 more
An allergy skin test: An allergy specialist is able to test you to different extracts from bees and other stinging insects to determine what particular insect you may be allergic to. Based on your type of reaction and the test results, they may prescribe allergy shots to prevent future allergic reactions to bee (or other insect) stings. ...Read more
Signs & Symptoms: Most often a bee sting causes localized pain, swelling, itching & redness of the site. Or there can be continued swelling with nausea or vomiting. A severe reaction can lead to difficulty breathing, swelling of mouth, tongue, lips or throat, hives, wheezing, chest, tightness, coughing, shortness of breath, throat tightness, slurring of speech, hoarseness, difficulty swallowing or feeling weak. ...Read more
Bee stings: If you have a single sting with no allergic symptoms, you may require only local wound care (such as cleaning and antibiotic ointment). Any retained stingers will be removed. Itching may be treated with an oral antihistamine such as Diphenhydramine (benadryl). Pain may be treated with medicine such as Ibuprofen (motrin), Acetaminophen (tylenol), or both. Also tetanus immunization will be given as. ...Read more
Wait and see: 3% or less of adults are seriously allergic to bee sting, and even fewer children. Typically, the only way to know if you were truly allergic is to experience an adverse reaction after being stung. Allergy skin testing is very accurate, however not recommended as a screening tool, which means it is not recommended to be done to help decide if a person is allergic preemptively. ...Read more
Tips for bee stings: 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
Common: It is very common to experience local swelling and itching after a bee sting. It can also hurt since the venom from bee stings is very irritating. If you develop hives all over, trouble breathing or swallowing or feel faint go to the ER for immediTe treatment. Anyone with a history of a systemic reaction should see an allergist for evaluation. ...Read more
Worrisome issue: This can be something as minor as localized swelling, hives, or a frank anaphalaxis where the person is at risk of death. If major, that person should be carrying an epipen, (epinephrine) self administered Epinephrine to use as initial treatment until they can get to a hospital for additional care. ...Read more
If you have never had a beesting, you are not allergic...At least not until after the first time. To be allergic to something, your body must be in contact with it at least once for it to develop the "memory to be allergic" to a specific antigen, in this case the beesting. Also, allergic to one beesting does not necessarily mean you will be allergic to all beestings.
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Yes - home remedy: Make a paste of 2 parts baking soda & 1 part water & apply. ...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 more
See below: Generally speaking local reactions from insect sting can manifest over 72 hours or less, then start to improve. If worsening beyond 72 hours or becoming very painful, seek immediate medical attention. ...Read more
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 more
Yes: Allergic reactions to beestings include hives, wheezing, throat swelling, and drop in blood pressure; these reactions can be life-threatening and need to be taken seriously. Any visible reaction on the skin that is not directly connected to the site of the sting is an allergic reaction. You should carry an epi-pen when outdoors, and should consult an allergist regarding desensitization. ...Read more
See below: Bee stings and other stings from the hymenoptera class usually cause only a "local reaction" with redness swelling and warmth and initial pain that fades. This is due to the vasoactive venom components in the sting. Occ, a llr (large local reaction) can occur where the area enlarges over 2-3 days and then resolves over 5-10 days. Rarely, a systemic reaction occurs, anaphylaxis, which can kill. ...Read more
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