Doctor insights on: Wasp sting vs bee sting

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Could it happen that a bee sting neutralize a wasp sting?

Could it happen that a bee sting neutralize a wasp sting?

I don't think so: I have not heard of that. But I would not try to temp a bee to sting me just to test it out. Both cause a release of histamines - so you are likely just to develop more of an reaction. ...Read more

Wasp Sting (Definition)

Penetration of wasp's stinger into flesh. Marked pain & significant itching may be experienced for 1 to 2 hours. Lesser pain / tenderness can take several days to resolve. Swelling may continue to ^ after 24 hours. Swelling usually resolves within a week with redness ...Read more


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What would help if you're allergic to a wasp sting? Or beesting?

What would help if you're allergic to a wasp sting? Or beesting?

Allergic response: Call 911 for difficulty breathing, wheezing, tight throat, chest discomfort, difficulty swallowing, coughing, confusion, slurred speech or swelling of tongue, lips or throat. If you have an epi-pen - use it. 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: Mix water & activated charcoal - ...Read more

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I wish to know how to treat wasp and bee stings?

I wish to know how to treat wasp and bee stings?

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

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What are the causes of one to be allergic to wasp or bee stings?

What are the causes of one to be allergic to wasp or bee stings?

Protein in venom: A person who is allergic to stinging insects has developed an allergy to a protein in the insect venom. These proteins have been well described and include mellitin, hyaluronidase, phospholipase, etc. Why this happens to some people is unclear. Thankfully treatment with venom allergy injections is very successful. ...Read more

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What are the different reactions to wasp, hornet, and bee stings?

What are the different reactions to wasp, hornet, and bee stings?

See below: Most commonly there is redness, swelling, and warmth at the bite site. The area may also be itchy. And, the size of the involved area tends to increase during the first one to two days. Some people can have very significant swelling, and/or develop an anaphylactic reaction with trouble breathing. ...Read more

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My dad is deathly allergic to bees and wasps but I've never been stung by either. If don't want to find out the hard way. Also are allergies genetic? Could I be deathly allergic to bee stings too?

My dad is deathly allergic to bees and wasps but I've never been stung by either. If don't want to find out the hard way. Also are allergies genetic? Could I be deathly allergic to bee stings too?

Possibly: Severe allergy to a single thing such as bee stings is not necessarily familial/genetic, but certain families DO have the tendency to be hypersensitive to things (leading to asthma, allergies and eczema). Blood tests are available to see if you also have this tendency towards severe reactions. Ask you doctor about testing for hymenoptera allergies, to be on the safe side. ...Read more

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Can u die from a wasp sting?

Wasp sting: If you are allergic to a wasp sting and you have an anaphylactic reaction to the sting you could die that is why they have the bee sting epi pens that people can carry if they are allergic it is very rare to die from a wasp sting, however. ...Read more

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I had a wasp sting, and I'm not sure what to do?

Wasp Sting: 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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Top remedy for a wasp sting?

Top remedy for a wasp sting?

Ice/ baking soda: Clean area with soap ; warm water. Apply ice (bag of frozen peas) in 10 min. Increments; alternating 10 on ; 10 off. You can take meds like tylenol, (acetaminophen) Aspirin or Motrin for pain or Benadryl for swelling. Make a paste of 2 parts baking soda ; 1 part water ; apply. Need a tetanus shot every ten years. Wasps don't normally leave a. ...Read more

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What do I do for a red wasp sting?

What do I do for a red wasp sting?

Maybe nothing: Unless you are allergic to it, often a sting from a wasp will only cause some imediate local pain. Infection arising from a simple sting is quite rare. So, if it is not hurting/swelling, do nothing. If some redness, try some calamide/caladryl lotion. If really swollen, red, painful after 2-3 days, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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What to do for wasp sting and swelling?

What to do for wasp sting and swelling?

Depends: Most people who are stung by bees just get a red, swollen itchy "bump" in the area...Wshing it right away. Using ice...Applying cortisone cream and taking an antihistamine usually provides relief.
If you have bee sting allergy you can have more serious symptoms (hives all over, asthma, trouble breathing etc.) if you have these see an allergist asap. ...Read more

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Please tell me how to treat a wasp sting?

Please tell me how to treat a wasp sting?

Use EpiPEN, (epinephrine) go to ER: You may have no problem with this, but if you have an allergy or you think you do, my advice is to get to an er asap. They will give you Epinephrine so you don't go into anaphylactic shock, which can close your airway and kill you. After this episode is over, you might want to see your doctor and get an epipen, (epinephrine) which is a shot of Epinephrine you can give yourself quick if this happens again. ...Read more

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Should I see a doctors after a wasp sting?

Maybe: If you have a mild reaction, No. If you develop hives all over your body or the swelling extends way beyond the site of the sting, then I would seek emergent medical attention. If you ave shortness of breath, then you need to call 911. ...Read more

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How do I treat a wasp sting if big and red?

Don't know what big: ; red is for you. Wash 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. Elevate affected area 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! seek medical care for milder allergic. ...Read more

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What to do to a wasp sting and I'm diabetic?

Wasp Sting: Wash 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. Elevate affected area for swelling. Make paste of 2 parts baking soda ; 1 part water ; apply. Need tetanus shot every 10 years. Monitor closely for any signs of infection. Throat, airway, mouth swelling or difficulty breathing? Call 911! ...Read more

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How long does swelling from a wasp sting last?

How long does swelling from a wasp sting last?

Wasp Sting: Swelling from a large local reaction may last 48 hour up to one week. ...Read more

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Is swelling from a wasp sting normal on day 2?

Is swelling from a wasp sting normal on day 2?

Yes, can happen: It isn't uncommon to still have some progression of swelling after 24 hours. Clean area with soap ; warm water. Apply ice (bag of frozen peas) in 10 min. Increments; alternating 10 on ; 10 off. You can take meds like tylenol, (acetaminophen) Aspirin or Motrin for pain or Benadryl for swelling. Make a paste of 2 parts baking soda ; 1 part water ; apply. Throat, airway, mouth swelling or difficulty breathing? ...Read more

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How do I reduce the swelling of the wasp sting?

Ice: Remove stinger-scrape along edge of skin with a credit card. Clean area with soap & warm water. Apply ice (bag of frozen peas) in 10 min. Increments; alternating 10 on & 10 off. You can take meds like 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. ...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