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Should I see a doctors after a wasp sting?
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Dr. David Dinhofer
Radiology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Maybe
If you have a mild reaction, No.
If you develop hives all over your body or the swelling extends way beyond the site of the sting, then I would seek emergent medical attention. If you ave shortness of breath, then you need to call 911.

In brief: Maybe
If you have a mild reaction, No.
If you develop hives all over your body or the swelling extends way beyond the site of the sting, then I would seek emergent medical attention. If you ave shortness of breath, then you need to call 911.
Dr. David Dinhofer
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Dr. Eric L. Weiss
Travel Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Probably Not
Most wasp stings are painful, but not dangerous.
However, some people are allergic and such reactions (hives, trouble breathing) can be life-threatening. Also, multiple stings can be dangerous, particularly in very small children or the elderly. Otherwise most stings result in only local symptoms of pain & redness. Bacterial infections are uncommon.

In brief: Probably Not
Most wasp stings are painful, but not dangerous.
However, some people are allergic and such reactions (hives, trouble breathing) can be life-threatening. Also, multiple stings can be dangerous, particularly in very small children or the elderly. Otherwise most stings result in only local symptoms of pain & redness. Bacterial infections are uncommon.
Dr. Eric L. Weiss
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
In brief: For allergic rxn
Normal sting symptoms may include pain, itching, swelling, redness & tenderness of the affected area.
Milder allergic reactions: Swelling of > 4 inches (baseball), nausea, GI cramps, diarrhea. Severe allergic reactions may present with swelling of tongue, mouth, lips or throat; difficulty swallowing & breathing, wheezing, tightness of the chest, hives, generalized weakness, confusion & slurring of

In brief: For allergic rxn
Normal sting symptoms may include pain, itching, swelling, redness & tenderness of the affected area.
Milder allergic reactions: Swelling of > 4 inches (baseball), nausea, GI cramps, diarrhea. Severe allergic reactions may present with swelling of tongue, mouth, lips or throat; difficulty swallowing & breathing, wheezing, tightness of the chest, hives, generalized weakness, confusion & slurring of
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Anaphylactic reaction can be fatal. See physician for mild allergic rxn and need emergency help for more severe allergic rxn. May need med attention for secondary infection as well.
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