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Stung by wasp three days ago. No bad reaction. But woke this morning to large red area around sting and itching. Any advice?

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Dr. Georgia Latham
Family Medicine

In brief: Hydrocortisone cream

apply to the affected area 2-4 times daily as needed for itching.
Taking an over-the-counter antihistamine may also be helpful. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) will probably help with the itching and redness but may cause sleepiness. Loratadine (Claritin) and cetirizine (Zyrtec) are non-sedating antihistamine which can be taken daily and may be helpful. If not helpful, you may need a prescription medication.

In brief: Hydrocortisone cream

apply to the affected area 2-4 times daily as needed for itching.
Taking an over-the-counter antihistamine may also be helpful. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) will probably help with the itching and redness but may cause sleepiness. Loratadine (Claritin) and cetirizine (Zyrtec) are non-sedating antihistamine which can be taken daily and may be helpful. If not helpful, you may need a prescription medication.
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