Patient Comments: Bee And Wasp Sting - Treatment

How did you treat your bee and/or wasp sting?

Comment from: Sumya, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 13

While hiking, I was stung by a big black fluffy flying insect (most possibly a bee) on my neck. Immediately pain started and soon after I had a remarkable round swollen red big area on my neck. At that moment sting spot was like a kind of red dot in the center of the circle. I put anti-sting (not sure about it since other hikers gave it to me) on that to help me with the pain. It worked for the first day. The day after and the following day it was extremely itchy and the center dot, turned to yellowish color. I was scared since I felt it can be a symptom of infection. As on the 4th day (today), the sting is dark brown with same red area around but less itchy. I wonder if I am in a middle of a normal process of healing or something unusual is happening with all these colors on my neck.

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Comment from: KathleenR, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 30

I treated my wasp sting with ice, Benadryl and ibuprofen.

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Comment from: Sandy, Female (Patient) Published: September 09

I stepped on a wasp. The area around my little toe swelled, turned red, and hurt like crazy. I began soaking it in Epsom salts. It hurt worse than anything I could remember keeping me up all night. I was stung 4 times last year on my neck and arm but don't remember pain and swelling like this. After 4 days and no sleep due to pain, I went to urgent care where they took out the stinger and gave me antibiotics; it was infected. One week later, I still cannot put a shoe on due to swelling, redness, and pain.

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Comment from: BeeWise, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 20

Bees stung over me 20 times when I walked near or on their nest. It was so sudden, and I never saw the bees until I kept feeling stings and realized what was happening. Fortunately, I was close to home and ran into the shower, which got them off me. There were over 10 bees in the shower and a few flying around. The pain was intense and I was dripping wet and not ready to go to urgent care. The pharmacist advised Benadryl tablets and a cortisone cream. I saw the doctor the following day when each site swelled up and burned like fire. He prescribed prednisone and an EpiPen for any future attacks, which may result in a more severe reaction. Today the swelling and itching have lessened, and the pain is gone. It's a good idea to have a plan in case of a bee attack!

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Comment from: 25-34 Female Published: August 31

I was stung yesterday by a wasp. I was fully unaware that is was under my arm, until it stung me and flew away. Because I went 3 hours w/o treating it, it swell up around the sting area, but where the sting entered was the only red part. My husband applied Benadryl Gel to the area. That helped ease the pain a bit. Then I took Tylenol. That helped a lot. Now today when I woke up, the area increased in size, now it is about the size of a 50 cent piece and a dime added to it, and it itches. Applying more Benadryl should help, since that's what I read. This is my 8th sting. Six were multiple and the 7th was single. (no reaction to the first 7. Just some pain and redness, but it was gone within 2 hours).

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Comment from: Crystal Paulse, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 22

I was bitten by a wasp yesterday. I was removing laundry from the clothes line and as I touched one item I saw the wasp and then felt a sharp pain in my hand. I could see the sting mark--just a hole on my hand and nothing inside it. I put Dettol and Allergex cream on the sting, and then took two Allergex tablets. Afterward, I had a terrible headache. I took a pain killer and this morning the area is very red and itchy. I might consider going to the doctor if it persists.

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Comment from: nancy, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 07

I was stung in my ear yesterday. Half my face swelled up, my eye closed, my mouth was crooked, my nose swelled and a rash started at my throat and continued to move down my chest. I was forced to go to the ER where they said I was having an allergic reaction. I had to get a shot and some medicine. I also got a prescription to keep on me in case I ever get bitten again. Unfortunately, with insurance, it is $250.00. I work but have four daughters so I can't afford $250. The 1st time I got bit this summer, no reaction. The 2nd time, my leg swelled up twice the normal size. This is my 3rd bite.

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