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wasp sting allergy?

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CurlsLDN Thu 28-Aug-14 22:34:53

Hi everyone, I'd welcome some extra opinions before I bother the gp!

Having never been stung by a wasp before, I've stood on two in the last month (different feet. Stripy terrorists)
Both times my foot came out in hives, and within an hour my foot, ankle and shin swelled to double the size, so that I could no longer move my toes or flex my ankle as there was just too much puff in the way. Also blimmin sore.
Both times went to the ooh gp who said it was infected and gave antibiotics. The first time it went down after a week, I'm now 3 days into the second one.

It seems a very severe reaction to me, and odd to have such a big and fast moving infection both times, could this be an allergic reaction?
My concern is that I know if an adult has a few moderate allergic reactions, they are on the way to anaphylaxis next time. So should I make an appt with the gp and push for allergy testing? Or does this in fact sound like a normal reaction and I'm just inexperienced?

Thanks for any thoughts!

Bunbaker Thu 28-Aug-14 22:38:55

I would be inclined to ask if you need an epipen. The reactions you had sound pretty drastic to me.

CurlsLDN Thu 28-Aug-14 22:50:41

Thanks bunbaker

Have you taken antihistamines after being stung?
I have a wasp sting allergy but these generally sort me out these days, and is what my gp advised keeping with me when I was diagnosed 30 years ago.

CurlsLDN Fri 29-Aug-14 06:35:50

Hi cantsleep, I didn't the first time as I was still breastfeeding once a day. The second time I discussed it with the gp and decided to drop the bf and take the antihistamine, so she prescribed some that I've been taking once a day, but my leg is still huge!

Pinkfrocks Sat 30-Aug-14 11:25:13

It doesn't sound like a true allergy- just a normal reaction, which some people have. How much swelling there is can vary hugely.

I have a wasp allergy- I was stung 4 times in close succession as a child and had severe breathing problems akin to asthmatic attack the 4th time due to being stung in the head in a vein. I now carry and Epipen.

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