Patient Comments: Insect Sting Allergies - Symptoms

Question:

Did you have an allergic reaction to an insect sting? What were your signs and symptoms? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Qureshi, 19-24 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 10

A baby girl of age 9 or 10 went under attack of a large number of yellow wasps. Dozens of wasps clung to her body, and because of plucking the wasps, they left their sting in the body which was removed afterwards. That baby girl now has grown to the age of 20. Her complete body is covered with ring worm since that incident. These ringworm patches start itching especially when the season changes from winter to summer, or summer to winter, especially in spring. The problem is increasing now.

Comment from: KC, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 21

My allergic reactions to insect sting were a warm sensation (much like IVP contrast dye), red flushing of skin, tachycardia, sore throat, hoarseness, inability to swallow or talk, vocal cord dysfunction, pounding in head (head throbs), increased pressure in ears and base of neck (ears are like when on a flight or scuba diving), loss of consciousness, pain (feels like your insides are being stung by fire ants for days over and over again), and difficulty breathing. True biphasic anaphylactic; worst pain in the world.

Comment from: Sharon, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

I was stung by a yellow jacket on my middle finger 6 days ago. Within just a few minutes, I was sweating, vomiting and was so weak it was hard to stand. I took a Benadryl, but threw that up too. This is the second time within a year this has happened to me. The first time I ended up in the emergency room.

Comment from: Mary, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: October 08

Got stung by some kind of bee or wasp om the back of my neck 7 days ago don't think I got the stinger out I have had some swelling and redness and severe pain in the neck and some. Burning. A lot of stiffness. Doctor gave me some antibiotics for a bacterial infection not helping.

Comment from: Bugaphobe, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 19

I am allergic to bee stings and have epi-pen. I was stung by a wasp 8-17 on index finger tip at a softball field. Started feeling itchy and tingling in mouth, nose & throat with tightness in chest and little short of breath, face flushed. I also felt my heart racing despite trying to stay calm. Took Benadryl and used Ventolin inhaler. Within 10-15 min no improvement so I used epi-pen and went to the ER. They gave me IV fluids, Solu-Medrol, Pepcid and a Tetanus shot. Iced and elevated the finger where stung. Evaluated me for 2hrs and my symptoms subsided and when I was able to eat and drink without difficulty I was discharged and sent home with a prescription for 4 days of steroid treatment along with epi-pen refills. I need to follow-up with my primary care.

Comment from: Sbc, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 10

i had a bee sting about 10 days ago and broke out with hives about 2 days ago. The back of my neck was one big welt. My right hand turned blood red. And had hives popping out on my body. Also had indigestion and some coughing. I was bitten on left side of my shoulder. I guess i had delayed reaction to bee sting. Went to doctor he gave me predisone and claritin. The swelling has gone down. My question is Is the meds masking the problem or will the poison stay in my bloodstream?

IMAGES

Insect Sting Allergies See pictures of bug, insect and animal bites and stings that can cause allergic reactions and medical emergencies See Images

Subscribe to MedicineNet's Allergy and Asthma Newsletter

By clicking "Submit," I agree to the MedicineNet Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy. I also agree to receive emails from MedicineNet and I understand that I may opt out of MedicineNet subscriptions at any time.

CONTINUE SCROLLING FOR RELATED SLIDESHOW