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How to treat bee and wasp stings in the wilderness?

How to treat bee and wasp stings in the wilderness?

Wilderness care: If in the wilderness - remove the stinger by scraping with a flat edged object. Wash with water & soap if available. You can make a paste of clay-like soil and water and apply to the area. If you have access to ice - apply that. If you have an allergy - use your epi pen and get to emergency care or have emergency care get to you asap. ...Read more

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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 is the best way to treat a sting by a wasp or bee?

Remove the stinger: If it is a bee, the first thing to do is remove the stinger, this is best done by using the edge of a credit card to scrape it out. Since the venom sac is attached, you do not want to squeeze it. A wasp on the other hand does not lose its stinger and can sting you several times. Once you have been stung, ice is probably the best remedy. ...Read more

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I got stung by some insect (I guessed a bee or wasp?) while riding on my bike two days ago. It was a bit painful for maybe an hour after the sting, bu

Bites: Bites from bee or other hymenoptera species usually hurt. Benadryl, cool compress and NSAID. As long as it is not swelling more or you are not having any other symptoms such as breathing problems this should resolve. ...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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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

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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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Is there a way to know if I am allergic to wasp/bee/hornet sting?

Allergic Symptoms: Allergic symptoms can include wheezing, chest, tightness, coughing, shortness of breath, throat tightness, slurring of speech, hoarseness, difficulty swallowing, feeling weak, fainting & mental confusion as well as hives or swelling of your lips, tongue, throat or mouth. Severe allergic reactions can be treated with self- injectable Epinephrine (epi-pen or ana-kit). Call 911 for help. ...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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Could use your help docs! my dad is deathly allergic to bees and wasps but i've never been stung by either. Is there a way to know if i am?

Could use your help docs! my dad is deathly allergic to bees and wasps but i've never been stung by either. Is there a way to know if i am?

See an allergist: who would take careful history, might perform some tests, either blood tests or skin tests, check aaaai.org or acaai.org for an allergist in your area, if you are at high risk of exposure and not sure what to do till you see an allergist, better keep an epinephrine pen handy, ask your doctor about it, gooluck ...Read more

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My stepfather is deathly allergic to bees and wasps but i've never been stung by either. Are allergies genetic?

My stepfather is deathly allergic to bees and wasps but i've never been stung by either. Are allergies genetic?

Not really: If he were your biological father you might have genetic tendency to have the same allergies as he has, but he is your step father, your half siblings might be allergic to bees/wasps stings, take care. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my father 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?

What do you suggest if my father 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?

Mgt: There are different reactions to bee stings, including reactions that involve other systems, such as the lungs. Allergic tendencies are genetic, but I would suggest discussing specific tests with your PCP. Do you live near wasp or bee nests? Do you hike/camp in an area with a lot of insects? ...Read more

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Got stung by a wasp/bee in my toe at 10 am yesterday am, now its all blistered, draining an swollen down to the middle of my foot?

Got stung by a wasp/bee in my toe  at 10 am yesterday am, now its all blistered, draining an swollen down to the middle of my foot?

Should see a Doctor: The blistering worries me and the drainage could be due to added infection. You may need antibiotics and the area needs cleaned up and covered with a Dressing. Go see a doctor today before this problem gets worse. ...Read more

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What to do for bee sting?

What to do for bee 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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What to do with bee sting?

What to do with bee 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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