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What is the best remedy for a bee sting (honey bee)?

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Dr. Steven Machtinger
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Not so fast

I agree with everything that dr. Novick says about bee sting allergy or anaphylaxis - except the way he said it.
If stung by a bee, wasp, hornet, yellow jacket, or fire ant you experience hives all over the body, difficulty breathing, nausea, vomiting, dizziness or loss of consciousness call 911 or go to the nearest er. After acute symptoms have subsided an allergist can test you for bee allergy.

In brief: Not so fast

I agree with everything that dr. Novick says about bee sting allergy or anaphylaxis - except the way he said it.
If stung by a bee, wasp, hornet, yellow jacket, or fire ant you experience hives all over the body, difficulty breathing, nausea, vomiting, dizziness or loss of consciousness call 911 or go to the nearest er. After acute symptoms have subsided an allergist can test you for bee allergy.
Dr. Steven Machtinger
Dr. Steven Machtinger
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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!

In brief: 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!
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Brian Novick
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: In a way see below

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 see an allergist asap.

In brief: In a way see below

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 see an allergist asap.
Dr. Brian Novick
Dr. Brian Novick
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Dr. Brian Novick
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: See below

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 see an allergist asap.

In brief: See below

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 see an allergist asap.
Dr. Brian Novick
Dr. Brian Novick
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