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I was stung by a red wasp on the back of my ear 5 days ago.

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I was stung by a red wasp on the back of my ear 5 days ago. The stinger was carefully removed. Yesterday I developed a swollen lymph node behind my ear. It is starting to hurt more. Is this normal? Note: I've never been stung by a wasp/bee until 5 days ago.

Greetings J.P.

A lymph node enlargement secondary to red wasp sting can occur either due to an allergic reaction or an infection. If there is tenderness and increasing pain, you may need a course of antibiotic. If the pain and tenderness is not significant, prescription anti allergic and steroid like prednisone may be considered by your doctor. You should get it evaluated by your doctor. Meanwhile continue Advil, cold compresses and Benadryl.

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