Patient Comments: Bee and Wasp Sting - Describe Your Experience

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Comment from: cleverknc, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 10

I was stung three times by yellow jackets on my leg. Yellow jackets are wasps, and the stings hurt. However, 11 hours later, I was still in severe pain. The bites themselves were not red or swollen but the pain was unreal. OTC medicines did nothing. Ice and baking soda helped, but I had to replace the ice frequently to stand the pain. Ended up at Urgent Care and got a steroid shot and Lortab for the pain. My advice is that if it still hurts after 6 or 8 hours, see a doctor. Otherwise, you may be up all night icing them down.

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Comment from: FLGrammy17, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: June 09

I stepped on something in the grass that stung me two days ago on the instep above the sole of my foot. It hurt so bad I could barely walk back to the house about 30 feet. I could see the single sting hole. Looked just like the picture here of a wasp or bee sting. We have both bee and wasp in the area and I did not see the offender.

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Comment from: O well, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: March 24

My husband was stung by 20 plus Yellow Jacket bees 4 years ago. He still swells up in his tongue, groin, eye, thumb, foot, etc., always only on one side, usually on the left but sometimes on right. We never know when it will happen, 2 or 3 times in 2 weeks or not for a month. It seems worse in summer.

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Comment from: LF, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 04

I was stung by a bee over the summer. I was lying in the sun on the lawn chair and I had my bathing suit on. I could hear the bee buzzing around but didn't think too much about it, the next thing I know the bee was dive bombing. He landed in my groin area and I didn't have time to get up before he stung me. I managed to get the stinger out right away. It hurt for a day or so but I noticed the following week it was red, swollen, hot, itchy, and was painful. I put ice on the area and eventually it went away. I was wondering if that was normal to have a worse reaction a week later then the same day it happened.

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Comment from: ejg1105, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 22

I was stung by a wasp once on back of hand and three times under shirt on side of waist. The day after, I developed extreme swelling in hand, itchy and painful. I became very tired and my joints hurt. I applied ice and am taking Benadryl. Two days later and I'm still with swelling and in pain; going to the doctor.

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Comment from: Triquetra331, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 12

I was stung by a bee... twice by the same one. It somehow flew up my pant leg, got stuck - go figure - on my left outer thigh, about 2 years ago. I was 33 years old and it was my first sting ever. It was awfully painful, but didn"t swell or itch much. But in that same spot, it is still painful if any pressure is put on the spot.

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Comment from: Monica, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 04

I was stung by a honeybee in July 2013. The honeybee was in my backpack, when I reached my arm in, the bee got caught between my arm and the bag and stung me. It swelled immediately where it first entered with the stinger but an inch down from the entrance swelled 2 inches puffy. It went down after a couple of days and then exactly 7 days to the hour I was stung a huge rash broke out and I got very sick. My doctor said the stinger went under my skin and was still inside. I lost insurance and couldn't go back. Now, 7 months later, I still have a 2 inch puff zone and if I press on it the rise hurts and I feel it for 10 minutes. It looks normal though with no rash or anything. I can't find anything like this anywhere on the web.

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Comment from: Brenda, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 08

I was stung by a honey bee on my right eyelid on Jan. 1, 2014. Five days later I am still experiencing swelling of the area around my eye. I was seen in the emergency room the same day of the incident, because my head hurt extremely badly and my eye was swollen shut. I received a steroid shot and Vicodin for the pain. I have been taking Benadryl and using ice packs for the swelling. Each morning I wake up it is as swollen as the day it happened.

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