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How do you treat a bee sting?

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If you only have a reaction at the sting site, a cold compress or an ice pack should be enough treatment.

For pain, take aspirin or acetaminophen. Don’t give aspirin to a child under age 19 because of the risk of Reye's syndrome, which affects the liver and brain.

Try diphenhydramine or another nonprescription antihistamine that can calm the itch. Or you can use an over-the-counter steroid cream.

SOURCES: 

Johns Hopkins Medicine. 

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. 

American Academy of Allergy. 

The Food and Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network. 

National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases. 

MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia: "Bee Poison."

Medscape: “Reye Syndrome.”

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “Anaphylaxis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Anaphylaxis: Symptoms.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on June 3, 2020

SOURCES: 

Johns Hopkins Medicine. 

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. 

American Academy of Allergy. 

The Food and Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network. 

National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases. 

MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia: "Bee Poison."

Medscape: “Reye Syndrome.”

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “Anaphylaxis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Anaphylaxis: Symptoms.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on June 3, 2020

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