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Is Benadryl Good For Bee Stings
Slower: In the long run the zyrtec (cetirizine) will help with itching and has the benefit of once daily dosing. However, it will take 4-6 hours to reach its effect level while benedryl can get there within an hour or so. For an acute sting, the benedryl may be the way to go with a zyrtec (cetirizine) followup, as the benedryl will be out of the system in about 4 hours. ...Read more
I'm allergic to bee stings. I got stung on my foot. My breathing is fine. But my toe is swelling and I've taken 3 benedryl today. What else can I do?
Can I give my 5 yr old Benadryl (diphenhydramine) with the antibiotic cephalexin? Bee sting got infected
Yes: Benedryl is a bit sedating to some but it is well tolerated by most 5yo in that setting. Dosing is up to 1 tsp (5cc) per 25 lb up to every 6 hrs. You can control the discomfort or swelling more naturally by using cold compresses. Wet a face cloth & place it in a ziploc bag & chill in the freezer. Or crush a few ice cubes into the same face cloth, ziploc it & you have easy compress for use. ...Read more
6 hrs ago had Allergic reaction to bee sting, emt gave Benadryl, (diphenhydramine) then doctors at hospital gave prednisone and pepcid, Can next dose benadryl (diphenhydramine) b taken?
Yes: If you feel you still need it, but don't exceed recommended daily dose for diphenhydramine from all sources (300 mg /day), depends on the reaction too was it a local or whole body reaction? Keep taking the benadryl for the next 24 -48 hours every 4-6 hours as needed 25- 50 mg, don't drive, and take the medicines prescribed at ER, if it was a whole body reaction, see an allergist, take care ...Read more
My son got a bee sting on his finger & now his hand is severely swollen. He's had antihistamines & icepacks but 24hrs later the swelling is still bad.
3.5 yr son stung by bee 4x behind his ear. Mild swelling of sting site. Gave Benadryl (diphenhydramine). 2 hrs later red swollen line runs down middle of his forehead?
Hypersensivity: Your son is likely having a hypersensitivity or "allergic" reaction. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is an appropriate medicine to give. Sometimes, bee stings can result in anaphlyaxis, which manifests as shortness of breath or wheezing shortly after the sting. See a healthcare provider if any your sons symptoms increase in intensity. ...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
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
See details: It involves seeing an allergist and receiving injections of bee venom in increasing amounts over a period of weeks or months. ...Read more
Could you tell me if one is allergic to bee stings will he be allergic to jellyfish or fire coral?
Not necessarily: Bee sting allergy is triggered by ige mediated allergy to specific proteins in the honey bee venom. Mellitin and phospholipase are some of these proteins. These are distinct from jelly fish and coral reactions. Many people will react to jelly fish and coral stings suggesting a toxic reaction as opposed to a true allergic reaction. ...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
Your reaction???: Those with immediate reactions that include light headedness, dizziness, cramps, difficulty swallowing or breathing should carry an auto-injector device with Epinephrine for immediate use followed by a trip to the er. Desensitization therapy thru an allergist can reduce long term risk. If reaction is mild hives & local swelling, you can take benedryl & monitor the situation for changes. ...Read more
Various options: Remove stinger by scraping along edge of skin with a credit card. Clean with soap & warm water. Apply a paste of 2 parts baking soda & 1 part water. Or: apply enzyme based meat tenderizer poultice & wrap area. Or: mix water & activated charcoal - apply paste. Or: mix clay-like soil with water - apply. For throat, airway or tongue swelling – call 911 even if an epi-pen was used. ...Read more
Having been stung: Many times over my lifetime - I would say that the pain is intense for a couple of minutes. It is sharp ; stinging. It lessens in intensity quickly ; becomes dull. It is however not too bad when compared to breaking a bone, having a baby or having a surgical abdomen. Overall - unless you are allergic or get a lot of stings - it usually is no big deal. ...Read more
Bees/hornets/wasps: Normal sting symptoms may include pain, itching, swelling, redness & tenderness of the affected area. Milder allergic reactions: Swelling of > 4 inches (baseball), nausea, GI cramps, diarrhea. Severe allergic reactions may present with swelling of tongue, mouth, lips or throat; difficulty swallowing & breathing, wheezing, tightness of the chest, hives, generalized weakness, confusion & slurring of ...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
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
Motrin is fine.: 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
Allergy Shots: Bee sting allergy can be life threatening. Local reactions to bee stings are common and can be treated with local therapy. Sytemic reactions: including hives, itchiness, trouble breathing, passing out, vomiting, lip and tongue swelling, are obviously more dangerous and require immediate treatment with epinephrine. However long term treatment for these patients might require allergy vaccine therapy. ...Read more
See below: For non-allergic people, simple first aid is good. Remove any stingers by scraping off the stinger, place ice to the area for 20" every hour as needed, use Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for itch and swelling, Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen for pain, wash the area with soap and water, can use antibiotic ointment over area, and make sure tetanus shot is current (within 10 years). If allergic reac, resp probs, etc. - 911! ...Read more