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bee sting

injury caused by the venom of a bee. The resulting pain can be relieved by sodium bicarbonate, a few drops of ammonia, or calamine lotion; a paste made from unseasoned meat tenderizer effectively breaks down the protein of the venom and diminishes its harmful effects. Cold compresses help prevent swelling. The skin should not be scratched as that may lead to infection. The insect's stinger should be removed as quickly as possible. A health care provider should be consulted promptly if the pain or swelling persists, if the sting is on the tongue or in the mouth, or if any systemic allergic reaction occurs, such as generalized urticaria (itching). Symptoms of a severe allergic reaction, such as collapse or swelling of the body, indicate anaphylaxis and require immediate medical treatment.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

bee sting

A sting from a bee or other hymenopteran—e.g., yellow jackets, hornets and wasps—which can trigger allergic reactions of variable severity; avoidance and prompt treatment are essential, especially with adrenaline/epinephrine autoinjectors. In selected cases, allergy injection therapy may be effective.

Increased mast cell tryptase, specific IgE antibodies.
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bee sting

Immunology A sting from bees and other stinging insects including yellow jackets, hornets and wasps can trigger allergic reactions of variable severity; avoidance and prompt treatment are essential; in selected cases, allergy injection therapy is highly effective
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

Patient discussion about bee sting

Q. How to treat a bee sting? We went on a picnic today and my son was stung by a bee. How to treat it?

A. if your son is allergic to bees venom- you need to inject epinephrine very fast and take him to the nearest hospital. but if his not allergic- nothing. if the bee left it's sting try removing it with flicking motion of the fingers, not by grabbing it- this will inject any venom that didn't enter right inside. and calm the kid down and tell him it's not the end of the world. the bee probably though he is a flower and tasted like nectar.

Q. what do i do first if i got stung by a bee? and i am allergic ... :)

A. People who are known to be severely allergic to bee sting usually carry on themselves an adrenaline injection (called epipen etc.), which should be given in order to prevent serious complications of the allergic reaction (like blockage of air flow to the lungs and shock), and then seek medical attention.

However, these measures are prescribed by a doctor, so if you have any questions regarding this subject, you should consult one (e.g. immunologist).

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