INSECT STINGS

 

Local Reactions are the most common type of reaction. The symptoms include swelling, redness and pain at the sting site. This usually subsides within a few hours.

 

A large local reaction has extended swelling which may last from 48 hours to 7 days. Occasional nausea and fatigue may be present. This is not a systemic allergic reaction.

 

A systemic allergic reaction or anaphylaxis to a sting includes symptoms of hives, flushing, upper airway obstruction, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, or wheezing. These symptoms develop immediately after exposure to the sting.

 

TREATMENT

 

Local Reaction:

▪ Cleansing

▪ Ice

▪ Removal of stinger

▪ Benadryl or Zyrtec for itching and burning

▪ 1% hydrocortisone ointment to help decrease inflammation

 

Anaphylaxis:

▪ Epi-Pen

▪ Benadryl

▪ Call 911