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I was stung by a bee earlier today any home redemies I can use until I am able to get professional help?

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Dr. Samuel Gubernick
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
10 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Oral antihistamines such as Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can help some.
If you have a history of an allergic reaction you should get medical attention immediately by calling 911. If you are not sure if you are having an allergic reaction, you should be evaluated by an allergist to determine if you need to carry epi-pens and undergo allergen immunotherapy.

In brief: Yes

Oral antihistamines such as Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can help some.
If you have a history of an allergic reaction you should get medical attention immediately by calling 911. If you are not sure if you are having an allergic reaction, you should be evaluated by an allergist to determine if you need to carry epi-pens and undergo allergen immunotherapy.
Dr. Samuel Gubernick
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Dr. Francine Yep
Family Medicine
7 doctors agree

In brief: Stinger B Gone

Pull out the stinger. Use cool compresses.
If Benadryl (diphenhydramine) makes you too sleepy, you can use its milder cousin chlorphenaramine or non-sleepy loratadine. Call your doc right away if your mouth feel swollen, you have trouble swallowing or breathing. Good luck.

In brief: Stinger B Gone

Pull out the stinger. Use cool compresses.
If Benadryl (diphenhydramine) makes you too sleepy, you can use its milder cousin chlorphenaramine or non-sleepy loratadine. Call your doc right away if your mouth feel swollen, you have trouble swallowing or breathing. Good luck.
Dr. Francine Yep
Dr. Francine Yep
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Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Bee stings

The most effective treatment for large local reactions to bee stings is probably oral steroids.
(40-60 mg for a typical adult, 15- 30 mg for a child). One dose is often sufficient. Your pcp may be willing to call in a dose for you until you can see them in the office. Potentially life threatening symptoms such as throat closing, dizziness, wheezing or severe swelling should be seen in an ed.

In brief: Bee stings

The most effective treatment for large local reactions to bee stings is probably oral steroids.
(40-60 mg for a typical adult, 15- 30 mg for a child). One dose is often sufficient. Your pcp may be willing to call in a dose for you until you can see them in the office. Potentially life threatening symptoms such as throat closing, dizziness, wheezing or severe swelling should be seen in an ed.
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
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