Childhood Diseases

Posted by: miss A Grobler | 2010-03-06


wasp sting

My daughter of 8 years got stung by wasps . It looks like 4 stings. It happened about 3 hours ago . She had been stung by ordinary bees before and nothing happened So I take it she''s not allergic to bee stings. But could wasp stings have a late reaction, and what must I look for ?

Expert's Reply



Wasp stings are not as common as bee stings in SA, but can cause allergic reactions.An allergic reaction is unlikely of this is your daughter's first wasp sting.Allergies to wasp stings occur after more than one previous sting usually. Allergic reactions usually develop very rapidly with intense swelling and redness at the site of the sting and the development of an itchy rash all over the body which is called hives or urticaria. Sometimes breathing difficulty also develops. If your daughter develops a skin rash or has any problem with her breathing she must be taken to an emergency department immediately.

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