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Comment from: Joy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 28

Apparently I brought a hornet down from our attic while retrieving Christmas ornaments this December. The hornet stung me on the side of my left big toe and it was a very sharp intense sting. No immediate swelling and pain but hours later when I went to bed it became unbearable. I took 2 ibuprofen which helped but by morning there was swelling and redness. The intense itching didn't start until I went out shopping the next day and now I have a few hours of relief followed by bouts of itching.

Comment from: Rocko, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: September 28

An old makeshift ladder stand was leaning on a tree. I knocked it over, and grabbed it rickshaw style. I started pulling it over to the fire pit. While pulling I felt something jabbing me, and thought it was the splintered wood on the end of the ladder. I was wrong! Turns out a wasp had stung me 14 times, in the space that a quarter could cover. It has been over a month now. It still hurts, I have taken everything! And I went to my doctor, and he gave me gabapentin and prednisone. Still hurting!

Comment from: Mike, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: September 05

I was trimming a tree off my neighbor's fence, all of a sudden I was stung on the top of my head by a hornet/wasp, I guess. I didn't see it but when I looked up above my head there was a big hornet's nest. About an hour and a half later my head and face swelled up and I can hardly see with my eyes, like somebody punched me in the face.

Comment from: Joyce, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: August 31

I was stung several times by wasps on my index finger and once on the wrist of the same hand. Almost immediately there was a horrible pain in my back which also involved my buttocks, legs and arms. I was in excruciating pain for about 15 minutes. It then started to ease. The redness and swelling in my finger and wrist started to reduce after taking Benadryl. I have never heard of this reaction.

Comment from: NikkiZ, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 17

A wasp got caught in my glove and stung about 7 times. It didn't seem too bad at first, I took Benadryl and iced every hour. Throughout the night it got worse and I was pretty swollen the next day. The itching was unbearable so I kept ice on it almost all day but by night it was worse, the swelling and redness reached almost up to my shoulder. Then I took a raw onion and wrapped it with cellophane on to the wasp bites and all up my arm. Immediate relief from itching. I wish I had done it sooner.

Comment from: Sheryl, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 17

Yesterday I was stung by a wasp. Not really any pain, I would say discomfort, but, my entire arm is swollen, which is annoying. I used Benadryl and ice packs.

Comment from: Gro, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 07

I trod on a wasp and it stung my toe. Pain was terrible I couldn't sleep. I read that I should put cider vinegar or plain vinegar on it. This relieved pain immediately. I took Benadryl as well.

Comment from: CarlaKW, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 05

I'm 51, in decent health and was stung on the top of my head at 11 am on Friday June 1, 2018 by a red wasp. Upon waking on the 2nd, I found that the lymph nodes on the right side of my neck to be swollen and extremely painful. My research suggests serum sickness but it typically takes a week to develop/manifest. I'm feeling ok, no fatigue, just a surprisingly painful neck! I've been stung many times before but had no swelling in my lymphatic system.

Comment from: Manuelo'sLady, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 17

I used to live in a home with honey bee hive which I walked through almost every day untouched, remaining calm. Sometimes they would even land on me but I have never stung by them. I've only been stung a total of 2 times in my life, first by a wasp repeatedly, and this one was still a mystery, the wasp sting came from stepping on it coming out of the shower in the morning. I was stung repeatedly. The pain was almost intolerable, having to fling the wasp off me as it was not letting up. I was stung in my pinky toe at least several times. I have had a very high pain tolerance, being a tomboy, injuries come with the territory. The wasp sting cleared throughout that day, I didn't take anything for it, and it felt better by that same night. The second time I was walking into Publix with my husband in front of me when I heard buzzing going straight for his face. He swatted it without even seeing it clearly or much at all. In fact, I was stung by only the stinger landing as if dive bombed, between my thumb and first finger. The stinger was dark may have been black, shaped exactly like a small rose thorn with a clear sac attached. I pulled at it, and in doing so I squeezed the sac shooting poison or venom into my hand. It took 3 times to get the stinger out, I reacted before thinking therefore I made it worse by squeezing the sac at the tip unintentionally. It's been over 2 days, I've cleansed, used ice, meat tenderizer, baking soda paste, tobacco; almost every home remedy I could think of. The pain hasn't been so bad, the swelling and extreme heat and itching are constant. I am almost positive I scratched it in my sleep as it was worse upon waking and isn't going away. It's now day 3 with no change. Neither of us knows what it was, he said he saw large wings, it was fast and loud. When swatted we were in a very crowded area and could not find what stung me. I've taken Benadryl, but it is not much help at all, and ibuprofen 800 is no help either.


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Comment from: Rea, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 01

I was just standing in my doorway, watching for my grandchildren to come home on the bus, when I was stung by a red wasp on the hand just above my wrist yesterday around 3:30. It hurt really badly then shortly after, it started itching, hurting and swelling from my fingers to my elbow. Symptoms lasted throughout the night, I took cetirizine, used cortisone lotion, then Benadryl, and also iced it. Today it is still swollen and the irritation hasn't changed. I am miserable. Thank you and have a great day.

Comment from: Eileen Fitzgerald , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 22

I just got stung on my toe, I was wearing my slippers and the wasp was inside my slipper. The pain is so bad I can't sleep. I tried vinegar salt as paste, and lemon, but nothing is helping.

Comment from: george, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: June 26

An hour ago I was stung by an irate wasp as I had inadvertently disturbed their nest in a neighbor's garden. My wife put on vinegar and gave me an antihistamine tablet plus an ice block used to keep food cool from shopping, and the itch has eased but the swelling to the side of my face is still there.

Comment from: don e., 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 12

I got stung again by a yellow jacket wasp just above the wrist. Each time now, it swells more, I used onion and meat tenderizer. It swelled more overnight and then I couldn't sleep. I drove to the chemist's and bought Benadryl. I took one 25 mg capsule and 2 Motrin and did more ice packing. Now my whole forearm is swollen.

Comment from: stung in PA, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 01

I was mowing the lawn and suddenly felt a searing pain on the lower part of my left leg, about four inches above my ankle. I instinctively swatted it and saw that it was a black wasp with yellow stripes. I finished mowing the lawn and put some ice on it, and took a 24 hour Allegra. The next day, my foot puffed up from my lower leg, to my ankle, to my toes. I took 2 Benadryl, which just made me sleepy and didn't help with the swelling much. I finally called my doctor and he prescribed a steroid to take over 6 days. Next time I mow the lawn I'm wearing pants and bug repellant!

Comment from: Florence, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 24

I was mowing the grass and disturbed a wasp nest. I was stung multiple times on the ankles, hip, and inner thigh. I applied baking soda paste, and took Tylenol and Benadryl. The pain went away in several hours, however, I had immense itching. I applied cortisone, which helped. However, it has been approximately six days since I was stung and was awakened by the extreme itching. I have again applied cortisone and took Benadryl. I was hoping this would be gone by day 6. I have no allergic reaction, however, very local reaction.

Comment from: sculptor, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: June 25

I was stung by a large wasp on my wedding ring finger. Overnight it swelled and my whole hand came up like a boxing glove. I had to have my wedding ring cut off of my finger with some tine snips. The reaction continued throughout the next day until my doctor got back to his surgery. He treated me with an injection of anti-inflammatory histamines and the inflammation began to go down, plus applying Dermovate cream helped.

Comment from: meme, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 04

I got stung by a red wasp on my hand over a week ago. I put baking soda on it and it was fine. Two days went by and my hand started swelling and then my knee, leg and toes started swelling. I went to the emergency room and they did testing. I have osteoarthritis, or so they thought, and gave me hydrocodone for pain and ibuprofen. I see the doctor in 3 or 4 days. I took the medicines and my granddaughter said to take some Benadryl. L got some better, but still really swollen. Finally 4 days later I went to my doctor, he did tests, and everything is fine. Swelling has gone down but, still my hand hurts tonight and there is swelling still in my leg and foot. Doctor has ordered lymph massage on Thursday.

Comment from: Nicole, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: July 29

I was stung on the wrist by a bumble bee. I tried to get the stinger out. I'm still not sure if it's out or not. I put a slice of potato on it because I heard that's supposed to help but it didn't, so I put ice on it and the swelling around the sting went down almost immediately but then I noticed that my whole wrist had swollen. I went to bed hoping that the swelling would go down during the night and it did but I noticed soreness where the swelling had been. This has never happened to any other stings I have had in the past.


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Comment from: shay, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 29

I was out mowing! Normally red wasps will fly away from you. Not today! Decided to fly up my shorts and sting me in the area you should not be stung! I ran in and put vinegar on it and antibacterial cream! I took 4 ibuprofen for pain and swelling! It happened 3 hours ago! It still hurts like heck! I tried all the remedies. It may be because it is in a very, very sensitive place! No more shorts when mowing! I have to sit or lie down! Walking hurts!

Comment from: jckst, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 07

I am a 45 year old male, and was sitting at my computer desk emailing when stung by a wasp on my left ankle. The pain was very intense, and the swelling started immediately. I killed the wasp and have it in the freezer in case my wife has to take me to the hospital. I was stung at 11:30 PM, and it's now 2:00 AM, and the pain finally started to recede after putting a penny on the sting site for about 10 minutes (thanks to the person that posted the comment about the penny--it really worked). The penny didn't take the pain completely away, I still have intense pain surges, but not as severe and it (penny) took the constant throbbing pain away. I just put hydrogen peroxide and Neosporin w/pain relief on the bite area--hoping to get SOME sleep tonight. I have been bitten a few times as a younger man and child, and have never had this kind of pain from a wasp sting. I think the poster that commented about the wasp's poison getting stronger was correct, the pain is so much more intense, and not just because I'm older either, as I'm in great physical shape. My breathing is a little ragged now, so I'll lay down after taking some antihistamine medicine. Good luck to any that have this kind of hellish sting.

Comment from: asdlakecharles, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 21

Yesterday I was out running with my son and two dogs when I felt a horrible sting on my right cheek (not the one on my face.) I turned around and saw a bush I had just run by was swarming with red wasps. I turned around and started back for my home and one wasp followed me. Luckily, it didn't get me. The last sting I had was when I was a kid and I am moderately allergic to these types of stings, so I was scared without a cell phone and a half a mile from my house. As I got closer to home and time progressed, the pain got worse and I was barely able to keep going. My tongue felt swollen, I was getting chills from head to toe, and I could feel the venom spreading down my leg. When I got home, I immediately took Benadryl and waited to see if I would need medical attention. At this point, my chest felt tight, like a rubber band was wrapped around it, making it painful to breathe. Eventually, the Benadryl kicked in and I fell asleep. This morning the site is far less swollen and painful but my tongue still feels somewhat too big for my mouth and my throat is very sore. I appreciate the information on this site although I think there should be more information out there for people who don't go into anaphylactic shock when stung, but do have minor to moderate allergic response to stings. The symptoms are very painful and very scary.

Comment from: dan, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: September 21

My husband got stung by wasp while working in the backyard. Actually, he was stung twice by the wasp: once above his heart, the other on his back of calves. The reaction is very scary, never like before. His chest, then neck, face and mouth turned red, then red spots all over his body. Sensitive areas, like underarm, groin area, arm - especially where he got burned two weeks ago. Hives and itch... At the hospital, they gave him antihistamines right away, but it was several hours until he was better. I mean just OK, but not good. Now his ankle has swollen to three times its normal size on the leg where he was bitten 24 hours ago...These stings are nasty.

Comment from: Stacey, 45-54 Female Published: September 17

Simple relief for bee stings (I have never tried it with wasps or hornets) can be found for a Penny. Yes, the 'good old' useless penny that can be found in almost anyones purse, pocket or car. Place the penny on the sting and hold it there for 5 to 8 minutes. Usually in less than 10 minutes the sting, pain, and swelling will go away, in most instances, completely. A simple cure, especially when you are out and without all the traditional medical cures recommended.

Comment from: lucky, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 17

I was recently stung over 20 times by what I learned were ground hornets. I was taking my trash to the curb and when returning I began being stung. These aggressive creatures followed me up three flights of stairs into my apartment stinging me in my hair and into my clothes (long sleeved and long pants). I was able to get to my car and drive to my workplace, a Health Center. There my colleague, a nurse, had me remove my clothing because she spotted even more wasps that had ridden in my car stinging me all the way. I was treated with an injection and orally. I also was given cold packs. I returned to my apartment after it had been scanned for more hornets. I experienced being highly irritable, sensitive to noise and magnified emotional sensitivity. I am still dealing with several more severe sting sites, increased heart rate, irritability, decreased itch and muscle soreness!! This was nasty. I am over 50 years old and have NEVER experienced such an aggressive response from any living creature and I am a therapist who has dealt with aggressive creatures!!!!

Comment from: Charmelia, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 17

I disturbed a Wasp nest and was immediately stung on my upper lip for 3 or 4 seconds. (I couldn't seem to swat him off right away).Within a few minutes my upper lip swelled, both sides of my face swelled up, my neck began to turn red, and the swelling moved up to my right eye and it turned red/purple underneath and it also swelled up. That was yesterday. Tonite the swelling is going down somewhat, but quite a bit remains.

Comment from: berniemay, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 11

I was swimming, when I was stung by a hornet. I immediately felt a burning sensation where I was stung on the inner thigh. Within minutes, my thigh swelled up to twice its size. Shortly after that, I got hives, my airway started constricting, and my tongue swelled up. I was brought to the local hospital where the doctor gave me three shots. To this day I carry an Epipen.

Comment from: Kate, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 08

I was working in my back yard, trying to trim a very overgrown bush when I apparently disturbed a big nest of wasps and got stung in about three places. Thank goodness I always wear a hat. I immediately took a Benadryl and then put a paste of baking soda and water on the worst sting. It helped immensely. The stings are still very, very sore. I went to the pharmacy to find something that would help a wasp sting and realized I had all that I needed in my own medicine cabinet. Alcohol or hydrogen peroxide can also relieve pain from a sting.

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 08

My sting from a wasp burned and turned red with extreme itching. It lasted for about 10 days. The redness turned purplish blue and doubled the size in swelling. The bees seem more venomous these days.

Comment from: sheetmetalmomma, Female (Patient) Published: July 28

I was stung over 30 times by wasps. Most have gone away but I still itch and swell up and it has been over a week.

Comment from: lauralu, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 04

I was stung by a wasp on my finger 3 weeks ago. It is still itching like crazy.

Comment from: PAredneck, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: July 17

I was stung by a wasp on the calf. It hurt more than any bee sting I've ever had. It swelled up my entire calf. It still hurts 3 days later like a deep bruise.

Comment from: bmoore, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 29

I was stung by a wasp last Friday on the inside of my elbow. I've been stung several times over the years, but never had more than swelling an itching from a sting. Within five minutes my heart started beating wildly. Then my arm started itching and lips went numb. I started wheezing and itching uncontrollably. And my face started swelling! 20 minutes later I was in the ER being treated for a full blown anaphylactic reaction to the sting. After getting it under control and monitoring my symptoms for a few hours I was sent home and instructed to take Benadryl for the next 2 days. By Saturday, my whole arm was swollen - from my shoulder to my hand and itching like crazy! Today is almost a week later, and it's the first day I have felt normal, other than my arm still itching. I now have the EpiPen!

Comment from: 55-64 Female Published: September 29

I am amazed that after 4 hours, the sting area is still "stinging". It is as if the wasp is continuing to inject venom. I have taken Tylenol, applied After Bite medication and still, the area (elbow)is swollen, red and is hurting continuously. I have been stung before and have not had the area hurt like this.

Comment from: Fran, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: September 29

A wasp stung my thigh 6 times . It had crawled up my slacks. I suffered severe swelling , pain and spent the night with ice packs and one antihistamine Reactine . Phoned the doctor next day because I had diarrhea and nausea . Later these lessened and I was able to pick up an Rx for cortisone . Lots of brusing in the the stunged thigh and many sensations as if I was being stung again, different parts of my body , lasted for two weeks after stings . I now carry an epi-pen.

Comment from: horseriderthree, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 17

I was on my large tractor, backing into some alder trees and salmon berries. I was stung on the back of my neck and left hand ring finger with gloves on. Must have distrubed a yellow jacket's nest. Immediately put ice on both areas and took a benedryl and ibuprofen. Still very ouchy, but more tolerable.

Comment from: patmem, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 17

I am a 49yr old woman with Rheumatiod Arthritis and Pulmonary Hypertension on oxygen. I have had no known allergies and have been stung by bees before. Three days ago I was stung by a yellow jacket...I took a Benadryl and shrugged it off. Within 5-10min I developed intense all-over itching, then became light-headed and faint (seeing black spots when I opened my eyes) and began perspiring profusely and gasping for breath. My husband called 911 and I spent several hours in ER. They gave me ephedren and 80mg prednisone, and another shot I don't remember and upped my oxygen. My blood pressure was low and my temperature was high. I started feeling better within a half hour to forty five min, although quite shaky (from the ephedren the nurse said). I came here to WebMD to help decide if I should ask my doc to squeeze me in long enough to look at my hand that was stung. It has been 2.5 days and it is still hot, tightly swollen and mottled to the elbow, and itches violently when the Benedril begins to wear off. Soaking it in tepid Epsom Salts doesn't seem to be working yet. Have one more day of the prednisone left. Was awake much of the night with the itching. From what I read here I have decided it is in my best interests if I try to see my doc and have put in a call to him. Thanks!

Comment from: summer, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 17

This is the first time I have been stung by a wasp. Got a wasp sting on 9/07/09 while i was camping with family in Pennsylvania. It was very painful. I did not see the stinger in my hand where i was stung. I treated it with Benadryl lotion. Today, 9/10/09 I have a red, painful swollen area (less then 10 inches)where the wasp had stung me. I am not sure what else I can do to help alleviate the pain.

Comment from: Mom, 13-18 Male (Caregiver) Published: September 11

My son was bitten by a wasp just under his eye yesterday. We gave him Benadryl and applied ice. In the morning it was swollen shut. We continued with Benadryl and ice during the day and it is about half open but very puffy underneath. He is 14 and has had no allergic symptoms nor is the eye draining. It is slightly red around the eye, but I think that may be from the ice. He did complain that the gland behind his ear on that side of his face felt swollen tonight.

Comment from: dnj637, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 04

I got stung by a paper wasp. Four hours later, it is still excruciatingly painful and has me in tears.

Comment from: nancyflorida, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 16

A paper wasp stung my finger yesterday. I had to leave work this afternoon the itching and swelling is so bad. I called the doctor who said nothing can be done except the remedies I've seen online--Allegra, Benadryl, baking soda, ice, elevation. It's almost midnight and I am in agony. I have taken Benadryl every 5 hours, and 800 mg of ibuprofen. I only have brief periods of relief.

Comment from: rubym, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 30

I got stung maybe a few minutes ago on my thumb, just behind the nail. I put vinegar on it and it's not doing anything. Bees are different than when I was little. The pain is worse. Mom always used baking soda and vinegar.

Comment from: Curious, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 05

I was stung once by a yellow jacket or paper wasp a few days ago. On the first day, my entire forearm swelled my elbow to my fingers, tightening my skin. A small bubbled rash appeared. I went to my doctor. I was given a steroid shot that reduced the swelling over the next few days, but I got a fever over 100 degrees. I am improved from being so sick I barely could get out of bed. I remain unsteady on my feet with a nausea.

Comment from: galbut, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: September 03

I was mowing the lawn. I was about to finish when a lone yellow jacket stung me once on my calf. Twenty minutes later, I started itching all over. The itching intensified. The scratching started first, so I raced into the bathroom to take a cold shower. It worked it making me feel better for five minutes. The lumps started appearing all over my body, while my leg remained somewhat suspiciously normal. I used a mixture of salt and water for my body. This morning my body got better, but my leg is now swelled up all the way to my foot. All this from one lousy sting! I am still not well and will probably head to the hospital tomorrow.

Comment from: wisconsinfarmer, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 02

I was stung by a yellow jacket on the joint of my thumb. Of course stings are always painful, so I put ice on it immediately. That night, pain in the thumb joint was severe. I took Advil for pain, iced it again and was fine except a little residual pain for a few days.

Comment from: Homam, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: July 09

While delivering mail in Richardson TX, I was a stung by a wasp on my right hand. The bite was so powerful that it broke the skin and the blood came out. I did not use anything, and I didn't bother to removing the stinger. This resulted in swelling stretching from the wrist up to the elbow area. Occasional itching and pain are still occurring.

Comment from: slefeve1234, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 29

I was stung by a wasp on my left hand on a kayaking trip. Immediately it swelled, turned red and hurt, but remained localized except for a few sharp pains now and then throughout the next half hour or so. Later that evening though as I lay down to sleep, my whole arm from wrist to shoulder was aching so bad I didn't want to move it. The pain was definitely a 10/10 on a 1-10 scale with 1 being no pain and 10 the worse I can imagine.

Comment from: smurf, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 19

I was stung by what I believe was a wasp right through my t-shirt just below the elbow. I believe also through my T-shirt on my abdomen. The next day I woke up with itchiness in both areas. Both had had swollen in diameter to about the size of a donut and are red and hard.

Comment from: ohms277, 55-64 Male Published: June 04

65 year old male. Yesterday while unloading a chop saw out of my truck, I felt a sting in my finger. I set the saw on the floor and turned it over and discover a paper wasp nest full of wasps. I sprayed them, and be this time I could feel a burning going up my arm. By the time I got in the truck to go to the ER, the burning had reached my head, ears, neck, chest, torso. When I got to the ER, my feet were burning, as was my groin area. I was feeling very faint and I found it hard to talk. My head and lips felt like they were going to pop. My blood pressure had dropped to 60/30. Was given Epi shot, IV steroids, and oxygen, and began feeling much better. They kept me there for several more hours to make sure. They gave me a script of Epi pens, Benadryl, and Pepcid. Today my hand is still swollen, but I'm feeling a heck of lot better!

Comment from: Deb, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 06

I was stung on top of the first joint of my toe. My sis-in-law pulled it out, which caused so much pain and burning. I got a couple of bite onitments and put them on it. Did not help at all, then I put Tea Tree oil on it and it took the burning away! I took 2 benedryl then 2 more 4 hrs. later. None over night. I woke up several times with pain. This morning the sting site was fine no pain, but the second joint was swollen & to just touch it causes a great deal of pain. It hurts to walk on that foot. Not looking forward to having this pain for 7 to 10 days and am praying that no other side effects come up in the next day or so!! I live with bad back pain and this is topping that!! How strange this sting is!!

Comment from: SDAN, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 06

I got stung in my right thigh once and my left arm right above my wrist and up close to my shoulder. My arm is so sore and my throat feels a little funny and my thigh hurts. I am thinking about going to the doctor.

Comment from: itchymama, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 05

I'm 26 and I was stung by a wasp hmmm . . . about 40 hours ago. Now I understand why people run away from bees and wasps! (I used to make fun of them). I was stung on my left ankle, which has swollen and will NOT stop itching! (There was a lot of pain for the first few hours, but now it just won't stop itching!) It is 2:20 a.m. and I can't sleep. :( Claritin didn't seem to work for me - I am just using ice and other home remedies to keep the itching at bay. Elevating my ankle seems to help - but honestly, I'm a mother of 3 kids and I don't have time to put my feet up! I must sound like such a whiner! Trust me; I am so grateful that it was me that got stung and not any of my kids! And with H1N1 and other flu bugs going around I am also grateful that I got "bit" by this bug! Thanks for the information!

Comment from: sorearm, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 03

I was stung by a wasp that was sleeping in my gardening glove. The pain was very intense. I have been stung many times previously in my life with little discomfort after the initial sting. My hand started to swell and became very tight and painful. Then I felt my armpit start to hurt as well as the whole arm. I went to my family doctor. I had taken two Benadryl as told to by the pharmacist. My family doctor told me to go to the emergency room at the hospital where I have been going every morning since (for three days) for intravenous antibiotics. When the swelling goes down, I will be switched to oral antibiotics. I felt like my arm was being sawed off, the pain was so bad and I still cannot use my arm.

Comment from: CT woman, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 27

I am a 54 year old woman and was at the car wash vacuuming out my car when I felt a sharp pain in my left upper shoulder (in a place I could not reach of course). The pain was more intense than any previous stings that I recall and did not subside quickly. It literally took my breath away and I sat on the ground until I was able to drive home. I was surprised by feeling so panicked and anxious and I couldn't tell if the stinger was still in place. I put some ice on it, and called my husband to look at it and make sure the stinger was out. I am on Zyrtec anyway, and I am hoping this will alleviate some of the reaction.

Comment from: Beewary, 45-54 Female Published: October 19

Today is the day after being stung on the inner wrist by a very large red wasp. The pain was immediately severe and started swelling. Today the swelling has gone down but it is still painfull and I have a red area that extends six inches down from the sting site. It is very itchy and feels warm. I took benadryl and put neosporin pain relief on it. I have never had such a bad reaction before.

Comment from: Christi, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 13

While doing lawnwork yesterday about 7pm I found a wasp nest in a flower bush that I was trimming. Felt a sharp thorn poke my thumb and thought it was my cactus needle. I started to feel more pain and could feel my hand start to swell in my thumb and 1/2 my hand...then after 2-3 hours the swelling took over my whole hand through my wrist and about 3-4 inches past my wrist. Today, the swelling is the same and feels like it's worsened..it is hard to bend my hand since my knuckles are swollen too.

Comment from: Lv shoes, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 07

I was stung by wasps. I didn't know that there was a nest in the ground when I was replanting a shrub. The wasps began to sting over and over. i couldn't get them off of me. The only way to get them off was to hide under water. Those wasp stings were like the wasp had velcro; they just kept burning, and the wasps were like velcro and could continue to sting. I'd never been alergic before but this time with over 70 stings I had to be taken to the hospital. Be careful the wasps like to hide in chipmunk holes; said the exterminater. I hated to do that but with children around I was afraid that the stings could kill.

Comment from: Barbara H, 3-6 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 07

My 6 year old daughter was stung at school yesterday on her ear. The ear swelled up and redness appeared down the side of her neck. I was called to the school and gave her a dose of Benadry. I repeated the dose again later yesterday and this morning. It is now 26 hours after the event and her ear - although not as bad as yesterday is still red and swollen. As she is nonverbal and has autism, I cannot ask her how she feels - although she seems in good spirits.

Comment from: michellen, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 21

I got my bee sting or whatever it was, I didn't see it, but wow I definitely felt it during a funeral for goodness sakes, yikes! My co-worker put mud on it, but the sting or burn was still there. It has quadrupled in size. I haven't done anything else with it. It is read, swollen, hot, and extremely itchy. I would hate go to urgent care only for this. Now there are little bumps on it, and they look like hives to me.

Comment from: 13-18 Male (Caregiver) Published: September 17

It was a single puncture, but was dark so we're not sure what stung him. It was one the top of his hand just above the knuckle of the middle finger on his right hand. The swelling increased during the night. His hand and fingers are about doubled in size. The swelling reached to 2 inches below the elbow. He is a 13 yr old boy and will be playing a football game tonight. He is already taking Benadryl and using an ointment, but I wonder if there is any other first aid he could use.


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