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4 yr old stung by bee, knot near the sting area, seems like swollen lymph-node near neck. Suggestions ?

My 4 yr old got stung my a bee on the back of his head almost two weeks ago. He doesnt really let me near him much but i ended up feeling a knot where the bee sting is & also seems to be a swollen lymphnode below in neck region. Im asking before taking him to dr office because i dont have insurance please any feedback appreciated
Asked On : Mon, 19 Nov 2012
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Hello. Welcome to Healthcare Magic. I'm Dr. Christensen.
It isn't unusual for lymph nodes near a bee sting to swell. Lymph nodes react to any inflammatory process in the region they "survey," and once they become reactive they can remain swollen for several weeks.
Unfortunately, without an examination it isn't possible to tell if your son has developed an infection at the site of his sting. This, too, would trigger swelling in nearby lymph nodes. An infection, of course, would warrant an antibiotic prescription, which you can only get from your doctor.
It would be helpful if you could get a better look at the back of your son's head. If there's any redness, drainage, or warmth at the site of the sting, or if your son has a fever (even a low-grade fever), these could be signs of infection and would indicate that a medical evaluation is needed. If you can't get a good look at the sting site, or if you're not certain this area isn't infected, I'd suggest you take your son to your doctor.
I hope that helps, and good luck!
Answered: Mon, 19 Nov 2012
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Critical Care Specialist Dr. Sadiq Mughal's  Response
Hi thanks for your question.
The place where your son was stung by bee has got infected resulting in swelling at the place ,what you call as knot.
This infection has spreaded to adjoining lymph node.
Your son need a course of antibiotic and analgesic anti inflammaotory drugs for one week.
Hope this answer your question.
Answered: Mon, 19 Nov 2012
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