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How many bee stings does it take to kill a human adult?

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

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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What to take for bee stings on arms?

What to take for bee stings on arms?

See below: Oral Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is the best thing to take. You can also make a mixture of meat tenderizer and baking soda, paste consistency, and apply to the site. Bee sting sites tend to get worse over 24 to 48 hours, . ...Read more

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How long does swelling take to go down after a bee stings your lip?

Bee sting: The effects of the bee sting should resolve in about 48 hours on your lip. I would recommend taking loratidine or cetirizine for 5 days once daily. ...Read more

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Can I still take bee pollen or eat raw local honey if I'm allergic to bee stings?

Can I still take bee pollen or eat raw local honey if I'm allergic to bee stings?

Venom: Your deadly allergy is to the venom from a bee sting. That does not mean that you would be allergic to bee pollen or honey. If you are concerned about food allergies, an allergist would be the medical professional to see. ...Read more

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How to treat bee stings?

Cold compress &. ..: Bee sting in individuals without history of severe allergic reaction to bee venom, cold compress and analgesics should be enough. Individuals with bee venom allergy should get Epipen (epinephrine) shot right away. ...Read more

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Can a fetus be allergic bee stings?

No: But if the mother is allergic the fetus could be affected if she has allergic reaction during pregnancy. ...Read more

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How long do bee stings stay itchy for?

How long do bee stings stay itchy for?

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

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How can I tell if I am allergic to bee stings?

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

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How are bee stings related to acids and alkalis?

How are bee stings related to acids and alkalis?

Not much.: Bee venom is a weak acid - about as acid as normal urine (ph around 5.) it damages human tissue by acting as an enzyme that dissolves cell walls. ...Read more

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How to determine if I am allergic to bee stings?

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

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I want to know my options for treating bee stings?

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

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How can you know if you are allergic to bee stings?

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

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What causes a person to be a allergic to bee stings?

Allergy Antibody: A patient who is allergic to bee stings has developed allergy antibody, ige, to one or more of the components in the venom that is injected by the bee. ...Read more

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What to do with bee stings that are swelling too much?

What to do with bee stings that are swelling too much?

Bee or wasp sting: Throat, airway, mouth swelling or difficulty breathing? Epi pen- ER - Call 911! Seek medical care for milder allergic reactions: Swelling of > 4 inches, nausea, GI cramps, diarrhea. ...Read more

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What can I do to reduce the swelling of my bee stings?

Bee sting: Immediately ice packs will help decrease the swelling. Also antihistamines and or advil (ibuprofen) will help. ...Read more

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What can you do to reduce the swelling of bee stings or the pain?

What can you do to reduce the swelling of bee stings or the pain?

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

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Can you tell me are bee stings supposed to have a bump after and itch?

Can you tell me are bee stings supposed to have a bump after and itch?

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

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What does it mean if a patient has a history of allergic reactions to bee stings?

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

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Is there a way to test if I am allergic to bee stings if I have never been stung before?

Is there a way to test if I am allergic to bee stings if I have never been stung before?

Not allergic...: 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.
Be safe...
Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it true that one can only tell if allergic to bee stings after the second time being stung?

Not necessarily: Bee sting allergy is diagnosed by a patient having been sting and having an allergic reaction. The patient is then skin tested to verify the sensitivity. Patients can have their "first sting" and have an allergic reaction. ...Read more

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How do you treat bee stings?

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

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How long do bee stings last?

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

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What are the symptoms of bee stings?

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

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Can people be allergic to bee stings?

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

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What does it mean if a bee stings you?

What does it mean if a bee stings you?

Variable: 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, etc. ...Read more

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What is the biology behind bee stings?

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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Do bee stings normally itch afterwards?

Do bee stings normally itch afterwards?

Yes: That can bee normal. Sorry for the play on words. ...Read more