I was stung on a bee RIGHT smack dab in the middle of my forehead. Two days later, the swelling is moving...down. Should I be worried?
The sting happened two days ago, very suddenly - I think they're onto my honey-glutton ways. Was in the middle of work, so I had someone help me to scrape the stinger out and continued on my way. There wasn't much swelling or pain and I've been stung by bees before without much problem, so I shrugged it off and didn't do anything other than take an antihistamine when I got home (just the generic allergy relief tablets I had hanging around - box says they're Chlorpheniramine Maleate). Yesterday, there was a notable bump on my forehead and it was slightly itchy and tender to the touch. This morning, I woke up to my boyfriend laughing at me. The swelling seems to have gone down a bit, but (assumedly because there isn't much room under the tight skin of the forehead) it's now shifted and has swelled not only the base of my nose but around my eyes and underneath. For lack of a better comparison, I now look exactly like one of the weird yellow-face characters
in the Wachowski Cloud Atlas movie.
It is, actually, hilarious. But now I'm worried. Is this...normal? Shouldn't the swelling be going down by now? Is there anything else I should be doing to lessen the swelling, or to stop it from going further down? My eyes are a little harder to open than normal (they feel sort of sticky around the sides, though there's no residue). I'm also starting to feel ticklish in the back of my throat, but until it stays around I'm going to chalk that one up to paranoia. I have a show on Friday evening and I'd really rather not look like a mutant.
Previous stings never caused anything more that a small welt, but it's been at least fifteen years since I've been stung and I've also developed pollen allergies in that time. Is my immune system just getting more sensitive?