KENILWORTH, N.J., May 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Nearly a million people visit the emergency room every year for bee and
Thomas Arnold, MD, Professor and Chairman, Department of Emergency Medicine, LSU Health Sciences Center Shreveport, breaks down various types of reactions to bee and wasp stings and how to treat them in a new editorial on MerckManuals.com.
Dr. Arnold's editorial details what to watch for in someone who suffers a severe allergic reaction, also known as a generalized reaction. Stings in these individuals can cause anaphylaxis and can be fatal. Symptoms to watch closely for include:
Individuals experiencing these symptoms should be taken to the emergency room immediately. Patients who know they suffer generalized reactions to stings should carry an epinephrine auto-injector at all times. This injection should be used at the first sign of an allergic reaction.
At-home treatment for less severe reactions
Individuals who do not show any signs of a generalized reaction will likely suffer a less severe reaction, also known as a local reaction. Dr. Arnold recommends these three steps to taken at home to reduce pain, redness, swelling and itching.
In his editorial, Dr. Arnold cautions against relying on unconventional remedies with little scientific basis like using meat tenderizer, tobacco juice or baking soda to treat stings. He also offers tips to help avoid bee and wasp stings in the first place.
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