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#10989 - 03/21/13 06:58 PM Bee Sting First Aid and Emergency Reactions
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Here is some more helpful information from our friends at the Mayo Clinic....as a nurse, I have had to help in so many emergency situations when people didnt know what to do. You would be surprised at how many educated and intellegent folks truly panic especially if a child is involved. Sometimes hospitals are a long way away and bee stings can be life threatenign within twenty minutes. Epipens can no longer be purchased without a prescription. If you are allergic to bees or have any other life threatening allergies such as allergies to peanuts, your physician can prescribe an epipen for you. Unfortunately, epipens were pulled from the over-the-counter market.

Treatments and drugs
By Mayo Clinic staff


Removing a bee's stinger

For most bee stings, home treatment is enough. Multiple stings or an allergic reaction, on the other hand, can be a medical emergency that requires immediate treatment.

Treatment for minor reactions
When a bee stings, it jabs a barbed stinger into the skin. Removing the stinger and its attached venom sac right away will keep more venom from being released.
Remove the stinger as soon as you can, as it takes only seconds for all of the venom to enter your body. Scrape the stinger out with the edge of a credit card or a fingernail, or use a pair of tweezers. Avoid squeezing the attached venom sac, which can release more venom.
Wash the sting area with soap and water.
Apply cold compresses to relieve pain and ease swelling.

Treatment for large local reactions
The following steps may help ease the swelling and itching often associated with large local reactions:
Remove the stinger as soon as possible.
Wash the area with soap and water.
Apply cold compresses.
Apply hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion to ease redness, itching or swelling.
If itching or swelling is bothersome, take an oral antihistamine that contains diphenhydramine (Benadryl) or chlorpheniramine (Chlor-Trimeton).
Avoid scratching the sting area. This will worsen itching and swelling and increase your risk of infection.

Emergency treatment for allergic reactions
During an anaphylactic attack, an emergency medical team may perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) if you stop breathing or your heart stops beating. You may be given medications including:
Epinephrine (adrenaline) to reduce your body's allergic response
Oxygen, to help compensate for restricted breathing
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

Epinephrine autoinjector
If you're allergic to bee stings, your doctor will likely prescribe an emergency epinephrine autoinjector (EpiPen, Twinject). You'll need to carry it with you at all times. An autoinjector is a combined syringe and concealed needle that injects a single dose of medication when pressed against your thigh. Always be sure to replace epinephrine before its expiration date, or it may not work properly.

Be sure you know how to use the autoinjector. Also, make sure the people closest to you know how to administer the drug if they're with you in an anaphylactic emergency, they could save your life. Medical personnel called in to respond to a severe anaphylactic reaction also may give you an epinephrine injection or another medication.

You might also consider wearing an alert bracelet that identifies your allergy to bee or other insect stings.

Allergy shots
Bee and other insect stings are a common cause of anaphylaxis. If you've had a serious reaction to a bee sting or you've been swarmed by bees, your doctor will likely refer you to an allergy specialist (allergist) for allergy shots (immunotherapy). These shots are generally given on a regular basis for a few years and can reduce or completely eliminate your allergic response to bee venom.




Edited by HappyCamper2 (03/23/13 07:45 AM)
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#10994 - 03/21/13 07:47 PM Re: Bee Sting First Aid and Emergency Reactions [Re: HappyCamper2]
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Bee stings are nothing to take jokingly. A few years back, my mom got stung at my parents bungalow. She had no idea she was allergic, and I had no idea my dad knew cpr. I was very young at the time, but remember it exactly how it happened.
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#10998 - 03/21/13 08:01 PM Re: Bee Sting First Aid and Emergency Reactions [Re: HappyCamper2]
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Ya a few years ago I went horse camping with friends down in Virginia and we ran into ground bees, but not just ground bees , they were africanized bees...and all four of us and the horses got stung to high heaven, i had them down my pants, shirt, got stung in the face, eye....and I got seriously short of breath and my lips started to swell. Luckily for me, one of my friends was a respiratory therapist and had an epipen with her in her saddle bag...it saved my life for sure!! That is why I say, everyone should carry this relatively inexpensive life saver, you just never know...i had no idea I would have a reaction like that ...and i am not allergic to bees that i know of, but then that was only the second time in my life i was stung. Last year in August our family was camping at Raystown and the bees were really bad, I was glad I had the emergency standby just in case....which reminds me, mine is about to expire and so now isa good time to get a new epipen


Edited by HappyCamper2 (03/21/13 08:03 PM)
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#11005 - 03/21/13 08:22 PM Re: Bee Sting First Aid and Emergency Reactions [Re: HappyCamper2]
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Ok, I thought the epipens were by prescription only? If not, there will be one in our camper real soon.
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#11020 - 03/22/13 06:53 AM Re: Bee Sting First Aid and Emergency Reactions [Re: HappyCamper2]
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gotta look for one of those pens,gotta be careful with drinks in cans outside, my boy got stung in the mouth from a bee in his soda can.


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#11027 - 03/22/13 07:41 PM Re: Bee Sting First Aid and Emergency Reactions [Re: HappyCamper2]
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From what i can find, you need a prescription for the Epipen.
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#11035 - 03/22/13 08:12 PM Re: Bee Sting First Aid and Emergency Reactions [Re: HappyCamper2]
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Seems Epipens are no longer available without a prescription. The FDA pulled the over the counter sales due to its descriptives being too narrow. Nevertheless, if you know you are allergic to bees, your doctor can write you a prescription. Seems now that you have to have a script , they have gone up in price considerably adn cost anywhere from 40 to 100 dollars. shock
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