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alliej0225 posted:
Dr. Dansinger,
Will you please read my discussion on "I am so discouraged" alliej0225 and let me know what I should do. Or just give me a suggestion. I can't get an answer from any health professional here, other than go to the er and that's a joke around here.

DavidHueben responded:

One of the biggest concerns when people are stung by insects can be anaphylaxis. But, the symptoms typically occur rapidly and require immediate treatment.

Since it has been 48 hours since you were stung, it is probably unlikely you are having an anaphylatic reaction.

Insect stings, because they are a venomous bite, will sometimes cause swelling, inflammation, localized pain, and general malaise. The symptoms can continue for several days.

My best suggestion for today would be to ice the affected area(s), take an NSAID like ibuprofen (Advil) to reduce the inflammation, and get rest and good nutrition.

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