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Learning About Diabetes Diagnosis, Treatment and Research

Knowing The Signs Of A Bee Sting Allergy

by Carla Hudson

If you have a small child, you will not know if they are allergic to getting stung by a bee until they are confronted with the actual situation. Knowing the signs of anaphylaxis (an allergic reaction) will help you make the determination as to whether you need to seek medical treatment for your child at a hospital or if you can administer remedies at home to ease the pain associated from the sting. Here are some of the signs to look for after your child is stung by a bee and how to handle this type of emergency if there is indeed an allergy problem.

Be Observant Of Symptoms

As soon as your child cries out from being stung, be on the lookout for any symptoms that may arise. A bee sting can cause someone with an allergic reaction to display symptoms within seconds of the sting. In other cases it can take several minutes for symptoms to arise. To be safe, monitor your child's behavior for a full hour after a bee sting to be sure they are not allergic. 

Know What To Look For

Often, there are several symptoms that show up at one time after a bee stings someone with an allergy. Some of the symptoms your child would display if they are having a reaction to a bee sting include:

  • Swelling of the face
  • Difficulty breathing with or without wheezing or coughing
  • Redness around the sting that may spread into hives
  • Sudden vomiting or diarrhea
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Chest tightening
  • Fainting

As the venom goes through the body, additional symptoms will start to surface in someone with an allergy. These include:

  • Slurred speech
  • Paleness or flushing of the face
  • Congestion in the nose and chest
  • Anxiety or a feeling of dread
  • Palpitations of the heart
  • High-pitched breathing sounds
  • Dizziness or vertigo
  • Stomach-ache

Take Quick Action

If your child displays one or more of the above signs after being stung by a bee, call 911 immediately to get care. If you know someone else who is also allergic to bee stings, and they are nearby, ask them for a bee sting emergency kit if they have one available. This kit has medicine you can administer to stop the symptoms of the allergy. Have your child lie down and elevate their legs while waiting for an ambulance to reduce the risk of shock.

Remove The Stinger

If your child displays signs they may be having a reaction to a bee sting, you will want to remove the stinger from their skin so it stops pumping venom into their system. Scrape the stinger with a fingernail to dislodge it from the skin. Trying to grasp it in a pinching motion can release additional venom into your child's body. To find out more, speak with someone like Oak Brook Allergists