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Stung by bee, severe stinging, swelling. On steroid, benadryl, used baking soda and Ibuprofen. Autoimmune disease?

On Friday I was stung by a bee or other insect. I swatted when I felt it's presence and after stinging me, it flew away, so I am not sure what it was for sure. I have been unable to sleep for two nights and have done the following:
benadryl, was taken, area iced, and my husband who has severe allergies gave me 4 of his steroid pills....I have swelling, stinging pain in my neck and head....baking soda paste on area..Ibuprofen taken...have an autoimmune disease, Graves, really itchy and pain, but not affected breathing. LK
Asked On : Thu, 10 Oct 2013
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Oct 2013
hello dear
thanks for your query at HCM
sting bite of insect will persist for some time pain and itching will also take some to decrease.
there is no need for steroids, you cannot start steroids on your own without consulting doctor they can severe side effects if not taken properly.
you can continue ibuprofen for pain.
take tab levocetrizine 5 mg in night that will decrease itching.
no need for any other medication unnecessarily.
Answered: Fri, 11 Oct 2013
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General & Family Physician Dr. Jose Ignacio Artero Munoz's  Response
Hello.The appearance of an autoimmune disease is secondary to the presence of autoantibodies, not secondary to an insect bite.In addition to an antihistamine by mouth that you've taken, I treat my patients with a cream whose components are an antibiotic and corticosteroid (for example betamethasone + gentamicin) when insect bite is the diagnosis.
If the itching and inflammation not improve with antihistamine by mouth and cream, is recommended add a corticosteroid by mouth for example Prednisone 30 mg per day.Please consult your local doctor for a prescription.
I wish you good health.
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