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How can you reduce swelling from a bee sting?

How can you reduce swelling from a bee sting?

Bee sting: 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, (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 or tongue swelling – call 911. ...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


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

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 bee stings make your whole leg swell, even if you're not allergic? I got stung by a bee medial to my left knee about 36 hours ago, I never saw the bee, I just had to assume by my symptoms that it was a bee. The sting has been swelling non-stop since I

Can bee stings make your whole leg swell, even if you're not allergic? I got stung by a bee medial to my left knee about 36 hours ago, I never saw the bee, I just had to assume by my symptoms that it was a bee. The sting has been swelling non-stop since I

Yes: Large local reactions are a bit more worrisome. Say u r stung on the ankle, if the swelling goes up to the hip then the person really should see an allergist for testing. Especially since most people almost never know what stung them. It is important, though, to wait 6 weeks after this sting for testing. ...Read more

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What can I do to reduce the swelling of a bee sting?

What can I do to reduce the swelling of a bee sting?

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, airway, mouth swelling or difficulty breathing? Call 911. ...Read more

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Most trusted means to reduce swelling from a bee sting?

Quick fix: When our bodies sustain an injury, the immediate response is inflammation (red, hot, tender swelling). This is the body increasing the blood flow to the injury to bring healing factors to the area and also the veins expand to carry bad stuff away. The key is to do things that reduce the parts of inflammation such as ice, compression, elevation and antiinflammatory medications in the first 24hrs. ...Read more

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How can I reduce the swelling that has occurred as the result of a bee sting?

How can I reduce the swelling that has occurred as the result of a bee sting?

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, airway, mouth swelling or difficulty breathing? Call 911. ...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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What do for a bee sting swelling?

What do for a bee sting swelling?

Lots: Remove stingers by scraping along the edge of the skin with a credit card. Clean the area with soap & warm water. Apply ice in 10 minute increments. Alternating 10 on & 10 off. A bag of cold peas is very useful for this. You can take a medication like tylenol, (acetaminophen) Aspirin or Motrin for pain - Benadryl for itching. Apppl ya paste made up of 2 parts baking soda and 2 part waters. ...Read more

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What to do when bee sting swelling?

What to do when bee sting swelling?

Baking soda paste: Make a paste of 2 parts baking soda and one part water. Apply in a cloth to effected area of skin. ...Read more

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What works against swelling from bee sting?

How to:: 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, (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 or tongue swelling – call 911. ...Read more

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How can I relieve swelling from a bee sting?

Scrape area with: Some thing flat like a credit card to remove the stinger. Wash with warm water and soap. You can apply a 1 to 1 mix of baking soda and water to the area. Cool compresses also help. ...Read more

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What works against swelling from a bee sting?

Bee Sting: You can also use an ice pack to help with swelling. Put a cloth towel between the ice and the skin and do not let the ice stay on the skin for longer than 20 minutes. Letting ice sit directly on the skin or keeping ice on too long can result in frostbite from the ice pack. Make sure you remove the stinger. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how could I stop the swelling of a bee sting?

Can you tell me how could I stop the swelling of a bee sting?

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! ...Read more

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What works most effectively to take out swelling from a bee sting?

Sharp edge: 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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What should I do if I have a bee sting and the swelling won't go down?

What should I do if I have a bee sting and the swelling won't go down?

The depends on how: Long it has been ; the degree of swelling. Swelling with wasp ; bee stings can sometimes continue for over 24 hours. If a single sting has marked swelling (greater than 4 inches or size of baseball) which is not reducing than medical evaluation is encouraged. In the mean time apply ice for 10 minute intervals (10 on and then 10 off). ...Read more

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I got a bee sting yesterday and there's more swelling today. What should I do?

I got a bee sting yesterday and there's more swelling today. What should I do?

Antihistamines: Allergic reactions to stinging insects include symptoms distant to the site. It includes hives, generalized redness and itching of the skin, asthma symptoms, and the most severe is an anaphylactic reaction. Local swelling the next day is not uncommon, but one needs to watch for signs of infection. Ice for the first 24 hours, elevation and then local heat. ...Read more

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What should I do if I have a bee sting and the swelling has not gone down, its been more than 24 hours! Help!?

It depends on: Amount of swelling. Bee ; wasp stings can actually continue to swell after the 24 hour mark. Apply ice in 10 min. Increments (10 on/10 off). If you have swelling that is greater than 4 inches (for one sting) - and it isn't resolving consider medical attention. ...Read more

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Why is the swelling area around the bee sting red and hot?

Why is the swelling area around the bee sting red and hot?

Hallmark symptoms: The bee sting and resultant symptoms are all classically related to allergic or histaminic reactions: red, hot, swollen. If your breathing is labored, seek medical attention asap! With no apparent breathing difficulty, try 25-50 mg of Benadryl (diphenhydramine). Good luck. ...Read more

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I was stung by a bee 3 months ago. Today 10-10-17 the swelling from the bee sting is back why?

I was stung by a bee 3 months ago. Today 10-10-17 the swelling from the bee sting is back why?

Possible foreign: Body, like a retained stinger. If the skin is red, hot and swollen you must be seen and evaluated. ...Read more

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Why swelling and itching so much after a honey-bee sting?

Why swelling and itching so much after a honey-bee sting?

This is related to: Histamine release. 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! ...Read more

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Will tylenol (acetaminophen) help swelling of a bee sting?

Will tylenol (acetaminophen) help swelling of a bee sting?

No - Remove stinger: 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, airway, mouth swelling or difficulty breathing? Call 911. ...Read more

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How do you stop the swelling and itching of a honey bee sting on your arm?

How do you stop the swelling and itching of a honey bee sting on your arm?

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! ...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