Seems like your allergic response to the sting is not under control.
Start the oral Steroid immediately. Also take Zyrtec in the morning.
Please do not apply Benadryl cream. This is not suitable and can actually increase the allergy. Not only that it can sensitize your immune system and later, you can get 'allergy' to the allergy drug benadryl if taken orally! So stop both benadryl tab and benadryl cream and follow the doctor's advice.
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1. I am concerned about taking methylprednisolone after reading about all the difficulty people have had with it either during or after the 6 day course. Is there something I can try other than this that might be helpful?
2. When I awoke this morning my nose was bright red...........is that secondary to the injection? My nose remains red and warm. the itching hand is intermittent---might the zyrtec take are of this?
Thank you in advance.
There is no need to be worried about prednisolone for a few days. It is a wonderful drug. Zyrtec will help, but may not be sufficient for you.
There are side effects for anything under the sun, including the sun, While treating any disease, what we llook at is which is the better(or worst) devil, and choose accordingly. The redness on nose is most probably due to the systemization of your allergy. It does not occur with steroid injection.
Please do not procrastinate. Learn to trust your doctors. We have your best interests in our minds when we prescribe something.
All the best.