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epi pen, now my stings are swollen and red and very large

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I was attacked by yellow jackets 9 day's ago, was treated with epi pen, now my stings are swollen and red and very large. What should I do?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Abby replied 5 years ago.

Are the stings painful or itchy?
Do they seem to have gotten bigger over the last day or two?
Do they feel hot?
Is it benadryl pills you are taking or are you taking something else?

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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Yes painful & itchy and just benedryl, pills & cream
Expert:  Dr. Abby replied 5 years ago.
Ok, thank you.

Most likely you are experiencing what is called a large local reaction to the stings.
However, if they areas have become more painful, red and swollen over the last 2 days or so, there is a possibility of a secondary infection (called cellulitis). If this is the case, you will need antibiotics.

If there is not any underlying skin infection, you would benefit from oral steroids (prednisone) to treat the allergic reaction. Along with this, during the day you can use zyrtec instead of benadryl. Zyrtec is less sedating. At night you can still use the benadryl. The cream is useless if you are using the pills.
Instead, you can apply a cortisone cream.

I do recommend that you go to an urgent care or to your GP for evaluation today.

Feel free to ask any follow up questions you may have,

Dr Abby

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