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I was stung by a bee at my hairline but the swelling continued to move down from my forehead to my eye and then below my eye over a four day period. is this normal?

Redness and swelling from a

Redness and swelling from a bee sting can last for up to 3 to 5 days. Usually the reaction is somewhat local, but it can spread the distance you are describing and still be considered a local reaction.

If the redness and swelling continues to worsen past day 5 or begins to affect the throat, mouth, tongue, this is a reason to seek urgent medical attention.

The reaction you describe does not sound like anaphyloaxis as this life threatening reaction will occur within 2 hours of a sting. However, if you experience any hoarseness, chest tightness, cough, difficulty breathing, weakness, drowsiness, wheezing, drooling, or difficulty swallowing, these are signs of a delayed anaphylactoid reaction and may require treatment.

Diphenhydramine is an antihistamine that is often used to lessen the allergic type reaction experienced from a bee sting. Ice may also be applied to the sting site as well as hydrocortisone and diphenhydramine creams.

I would expect the swelling and redness to decrease especially after your 5th day, but if things continue to spread, seek medical attention.

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