How to Diagnose and Treat Bee Sting?

Q:
How to diagnose and treat bee sting?

A:
Diagnosis
If you’ve had a reaction to bee stings that suggests you might be allergic to bee venom, your doctor may suggest one or both of the following tests:

  • Skin test. During skin testing, a small amount of allergen extract (in this case, bee venom) is injected into the skin of your arm or upper back.
  • Allergy blood test. A blood test can measure your immune system’s response to bee venom by measuring the amount of allergy-causing antibodies in your bloodstream.

Treatment
For ordinary bee stings that do not cause an allergic reaction, home treatment is enough.

Multiple stings or an allergic reaction, on the other hand, can be a medical emergency that requires immediate treatment. You may be given medications including:

  • Emergency treatment for allergic reactions
  • Epinephrine (adrenaline) to reduce your body’s allergic response
  • Oxygen, to help you breathe
  • Intravenous (IV) antihistamines and cortisone to reduce inflammation of your air passages and improve breathing
  • A beta agonist (such as albuterol) to relieve breathing symptoms

 

 

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