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What To Put On Bee Sting Or Wasp
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
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
Yes: One can be allergic to wasp stings and not bee stings. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
What makes my head sting when I touch it with my finger? Nothing stings until I put my fingers on my head and reminds me of a bee sting.
Head or face? Many..: ..possibilties but if ur symptoms involve the face, it is similar to a neurological problem called trigeminal neuralgia. (Trigeminal nerve covers the face). See a neurologist for a diagnosis & treatment. Other possibilities include shingles / viral infection affecting nerve, brain & spinal cord problems, nerve impingement, skin conditions, & I suppose vascular problems. But TTYD & get a diagnosis. ...Read more
6 weeks ago I jumped on up the stairs on my right foot. I now have a bee sting feeling in my shin when I put pressure on it. What could it be?
Bee sting on tongue. Happened 6 hours ago. Only put ice on it. For a short minute. But hurts like a canker sore but worse. And swollen. Help?
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
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
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
I'm 23 yo and have never been stung by a wasp, bee, scorpion, other stinging insect. Does this increase my likelihood of being allergic if I get stung?
No: You can't be allergic to something you've never been exposed to. ...Read more
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
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
A bunch of things: Remove stinger by scraping along edge of skin with a credit card. Clean area with soap & warm water. Apply ice in 10 minute increments; alternating 10 on & 10 off. Try a bag of cold peas. 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 or tongue swelling – call 911. ...Read more
Multistep: Remove stinger by scraping along edge of skin with a credit card. Clean area with soap & warm water. Apply ice in 10 minute increments; alternating 10 on & 10 off. Try a bag of cold peas. 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 or tongue swelling, short of breath – call 911. ...Read more
Most people who are stung by bees just get a red, swollen iitchy "bump" in the area...Washing 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 go to er. ...Read more
Tips: 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
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
Easy to see: When stung, the bee actually leaves the stinger behind attached to the venom gland. Scraping it sideways to prevent squeezing more venom into the wound is recommended. If you don't see a gland attached it is either out or you were stung by something else. ...Read more
Simply...: A bee sting is when you are stung by a bee. Not meant to sound sarcastic. The bee inserts a tiny stinger into your skin. This can release venom per say and can introduce bacteria into the skin which can cause an infection. Some people are highly allergic to bee stings and can develop serious and even deadly reactions. Not meant to scare you but this can be serious. Please call your doc asap. ...Read more
Immidiate and later:
Call 911 if you have
1 trouble breathing
2feeling faint or dizzy
5history of severe allergy of insect sting and use epi pen if it was prescribed by your physician
if no secere allergy symptoms
scrape the area with finger nail or tweezers to remove the stinger
do not pinch the stinger as it can inject venom
ice the area
take antihistamine (benadryl)
tylenol/motrin for pain. ...Read more
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