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Old 07-23-08, 06:02 AM   #1
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How long should it take for an untreated bee/wasp sting to heal?

I could have sworn that when I used to get stung, the swelling and redness would go down by itself in a day or two. Now, it takes about a week, and I itch like crazy for a long time. Is my memory defective or am I really taking that much longer to heal?
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you're getting older, the body doesn't heal as fast as it once did.

alternatively you may have an infection.
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you're getting older, the body doesn't heal as fast as it once did.

alternatively you may have an infection.
Wot 'e sed.
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you're getting older, the body doesn't heal as fast as it once did.

alternatively you may have an infection.
It's gotta be age (dang -- I hate being fragile!). It happens with all stings, and they now feel practically the same the day after as they did one minute after I was stung.
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Oy, I am not looking forward to getting older.
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I just turned 51 the end of last month and if it weren't for this damnable disease, I think I'd still be kickin it. Not as far, not as high, not as fast... Maybe just knocking it about w/ my toe a bit.
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have you tried putting cortisone on it?
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It's gotta be age (dang -- I hate being fragile!). It happens with all stings, and they now feel practically the same the day after as they did one minute after I was stung.
jeez.. how often do you get stung?
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While it may be unpleasant to get old, it sure beats the hell out of the alternative.
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Perhaps you have developed an allergy to stings? Your body changes, ya know.
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try taking an over-the-counter benedryl product & see if it has any effect - if it does, you proabably ARE developing an allergy to bee stings. If that's the case, you ought to see an MD & see if you should have an eppy shot handy for the NEXT time you get stung!
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I got stung 4 times last summer. The worst one was on my hand - it swelled up to super-human proportions & really freaked people out. It hurt badly for 3-4 days, and then was somewhat swollen & a little sore for another few.

You can get more allergic the more you are stung - so it might not just be your oldness.
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Perhaps you have developed an allergy to stings? Your body changes, ya know.
That's what I was wondering. If that's the case, some subsequent sting could lead to anaphylactic shock unless you get epinephrine or some such ASAP.
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Old 07-23-08, 11:27 AM   #14
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I have the same problems with bee stings. The stings site creates a welts that is hot and itchy for a few days and the site doesn't totally heal for about 5 to 7 days. I always thought of my reactions as a large local reactions and there's a lot of debate on whether local reactions are an indication that you'll have life threatening reactions in the future. For example, the medicare knowlegdebase says

"Minor, localized allergic reactions cause redness, swelling, fatigue, mild tenderness, nausea, itching, and a low fever, but they do not usually require treatment with epinephrine. Mild reactions are not usually a sign that you need allergy shots (immune therapy) to prevent a worse reaction should you be stung again."

Another doctor who has a website on allergies (who doesn't these days) says:

"A sting on the forehead with swelling of the eyelids is a large local reaction, while a sting on the foot with swelling of the eyelids is a systemic reaction. Large local reactions are rarely serious and rarely portend future severe allergies."

These sources seem to say that local reactions are not necessarily an indicator that you'll someday have a systemic reaction. If you do have a systemic reaction, you'll definitely want to carry an EpiPen.
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have you tried putting cortisone on it?
I never put anything on stings -- I try to avoid medications of any type. I'm sure that benadryl and some of these other things might prove effective, but in the past I've never found them necessary. What I'm hearing is that my resistance could have changed, so what I may need to take measures that I didn't need to.

I usually get stung a few couple a year, and this year is typical. I ride by fields that have a lot of bees in them, so I often get them in my helmet or jersey. The vast majority of the time, I do not get stung, but every once in awhile, one gets scared.

I never had problems with stings until my dog and I stumbled on an underground yellow jacket nest a couple years ago and both of us got stung up pretty bad -- I'm not even sure how many there were.
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have you tried putting cortisone on it?
Benadryl....chug a ton of it. Trust me on this one....been there too many times. I have developed allergic reactions (mostly localized) to bee stings, and even with the benadryl it will take over a week before the swelling goes down. Without the benadryl it is an ugly site indeed. If you are familiar with what a snake bite looks like, then you know what I would look like without benadryl. Bonus, you sleep like a baby for about 3 or 4 hours after taking it.
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I am leaning towards an allergy theory. Last time I got stung by a wasp, it stopped hurting within an hour, and the swelling was gone the next day. Bee stings on the other hand stop hurting after a few hours, and also are gone the next day. Even my dad, who is pushing 60 and not very shapely heals about as fast when he gets stung.
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Old 07-24-08, 10:25 AM   #19
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Sure, this thread starts in the morning, and in the afternoon I have 6 yellowjacket stings. Don't start any crashing threads, please.
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Actually, teh bf got stung by a wasp the day this thread was created. I nearly got stung trying to take out the wasp with a slipper. You've put a hex on us all!!!

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you're developing an allergy to bee stings.

I used to be fine with them, then one day I was working around a yellow jacket nest and got stung on the face. Over the next several hours I got a rash down to my waist and my face swelled up so I looked like a mongoloid. I ended up in the ER that night. For many years after than I carried an epi-pen around with me just in case, then I stepped on a yellow jacket a few years ago and it was just like a normal bee sting again. go figure....but strong allergic reactions to bee stings can be life threatening, you should maybe ask your doctor about an epi-pen, it used to require a prescription, probably still does.
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I won't be much help since the last time I got stung was a wasp in 2000; but that time, it went from a throbbing to nothing in less than an hour -- I got stung 1 mile into a 7 1/2-mile commute on a mt. bike. By the time I got home, it was over.
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F_k bees!

TWICE. I just got stung on the bottom inside lip today. It sucks. I'm in a horrible pos dickheade mood.

Worse, half my face, neck, cheek is terribly swollen, look like hell.

This is the second time this summer I've been stung, the first bee sting it got in my mouth and stung me on the inside cheek. It was 1.5 weeks before swelling went away. It sucked bad.

I cursed my ass off this time, knew the consequences.

Some things I am doing this time around from learning from last sting:

1) Rubbed meat tenderizer on sting site and inside mouth, outside on skin, did it help? Not sure, maybe prevented immediate swelling.
2) Benadryl, two pills every 4 hours
3) cancel all activities planned for the next 7 days. ARGH! Time to find some productive things to do inside the home.

Bee stings are NOT the bees knees. They totally suck and swelling, itchy soreness, tight skin around the swelling, pain in facial movements, talking with a slur...
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On the other hand, I've been keeping bees for around 30 years now and when I get stung I experience only momentary discomfort and then a couple of hours of itching. Seems like individuals can go one of two ways, develop an allergy or an immunity.
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i like honey. I dislike bees. Wasps and hornets I hold in scorn, contempt and disdain due to their lack of honey providing potential. I think that bee jealousy is why they are so mean.
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