Bee Sting Allergy or Coincidental Flu?
July 14, 2007 9:57 PM Subscribe
I need inside information from the "hive" mind. Did a bee sting give me flu-like symptoms, or did I just get an unrelated virus on the same day as the sting? More inside:
posted by Alabaster to health & fitness (6 answers total)
I got stung by a bee on the bottom of my foot around noon a few days ago. Didn't have much of a reaction at first, not much swelling, and only minor pain.
That night I woke up around 3am with the chills. The whole next day I felt horrible, like I had the flu or something -- bad headache, fever, chills, aches and pains all over the body. Took a nap when I got home from work, and woke up around 9pm in a cold sweat -- my fever had broken and most of my aches were gone.
Next day, most of my flu-like symptoms are gone. But my middle toe is red and very swollen around the area of the sting. It's not especially painful, but it's itchy and uncomfortable -- it feels like it's going to pop when I step on it (you know that feeling when you wrap a rubber band around your thumb?).
If any of this persists I'll be sure to see a doctor, but I thought I'd check on everyone's experience (don't want to say 'hive mind,' it brings back bad memories):
1.) Can a bee sting allergy cause these flu-like symptoms? Or is it just a coincidence that I happened to get some 24-hour virus the day after a bee sting? (I'm not aware of being in contact with anyone sick recently, but of course there's no way to be 100% sure).
2.) Regarding the foot, is it normal for the swelling/redness to not manifest until 24+ hours after the sting? How long can I expect the swelling to last, and at what point should I seek medical attention?
I don't have any history of allergies, but there's not much to go on--I have only been stung once before, by a hornet, over 20 years ago when I was a young child. My father has a severe bee sting allergy but I don't recall anything flu-like about it.