Bee sting yesterday

susanwv

Wasp sting me on the fat part of my hand by the thumb. It’s itching like crazy today, have put different stuff on it, but it’s driving me nuts, just want to DIG it. Any ideas what to do?

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janey_alabama

Ouch!! Those things can really hurt. Have you taken a Benadryl? A paste of baking soda and water might help.

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Michael

When outdoors I carry Pure Haven Boo Boo stick. It provides instant relief (for me).

Aquafor may relieve the itch.

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Annie Deighnaugh

For bee stings we always use black salve...actually called ichthammol ointment...it takes the sting out of the sting right away. Available OTC at a pharmacy.

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georgysmom2

If it continues to itch and the area gets red, get it checked out tomorrow. If it's cellulitis, you will want it treated ASAP. Meanwhile, you might try meat tenderizer.

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wantoretire_did

I swear by Lanacane for any itch. It’s almost instant relief.

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susanwv

Thanks for all the tips !!! It’s itching less now, still a bit swollen.

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morz8

Susan, when I was stung by a bald faced hornet a few years ago and had swelling, pain, redness, called my friend who is our health dept RN and she said advil, benadryl, ice. 'All at once and do it right now'. It doesn't sound like you have the pain but the advil would help with the swelling. It's a little bit late for the 'right now' ;0)

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mdln

diphenhydramine/Benadryl

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aok27502

Wet a washcloth in the hottest tap water you can stand and hold it on for a few seconds. Will stop the itch for a couple of hours.

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Andie

I second Georgysmom2's warning. That happened to me. Overnight my hand swelled, becoming red and hot. Went to the doc and got a cortisone shot.



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DawnInCal

OTC cortisone cream such as Cortizone 10.

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joann_fl

I've heard Chickweed salve works on stings, bits & itching. I just bought some but have not tried it since I haven't gotten stung or bit yet

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maifleur01

One or more of the Lanacane's are Hydrocortizone. Same as Cortizone 10.

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laceyvail 6A, WV

https://www.theseniorlist.com/medication/anticholinergic-drugs/

“If
you or someone you love is 60+ years and takes over-the-counter allergy, mood,
or sleep aid medications, consult your doctor or pharmacist immediately.
There’s a good chance the drug is an anticholinergic. These drugs are linked to
dementia.

The American Geriatrics Society strongly recommends avoiding
over-the-counter antihistamines and other anticholinergic medications.”

Please check out this list of drugs that hugely contribute to dementia. They include many over the counter drugs--everything with "PM" in it as well as Benedryl. And of course, many prescription drugs as well. The more you take, the greater your danger is of developing dementia. And if you're under 60, and you're taking these drugs, you increase your danger of developing dementia later.

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morz8

Lacy, good point but those studies address people engaging in long term use. Three years or so would be a concern. A day, or week to relieve certain temporary symptoms is not thought to be a dementia risk.

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