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Bee Sting

Bee Sting | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the treatments for the injury?

For most people who are stung, the only problems will be swelling and pain. Ice compresses can help relieve these symptoms. Over-the-counter medicines such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen can also help. However, some people have severe allergic reactions, called anaphylactic reactions. These people may need to have epinephrine given in a shot.

What are the side effects of the treatments?

Epinephrine is a very powerful drug and can cause a change in the regular beat of the heart, called arrhythmias. This drug can also result in a decreased blood flow and can raise blood pressure. If epinephrine is needed for an anaphylactic reaction, the affected person should seek emergency care as soon as possible after the bee sting.

What happens after treatment for the injury?

In most people, the swelling and redness at the injury site will resolve within a week. There may be times when the site becomes itchy, but the person should try to avoid scratching. No unusual side effects should occur after this.

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Author: James Broomfield, MD
Reviewer: Sandy Keefe, RN, MSN
Date Reviewed: 02/11/02

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