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I got stung by a bee yesterday and my arm is swollen and extremely itchy with strong sensations of creepy-crawly all up and down. I was stung when I was pregnant too and that sensation, along with burning, lasted for 10 days! So now I'm miserable again and I don't know what to do. The pharmacist said I could take Benadryl for one day and it will clear up, but I'd have to give DD my stored BM because it's not safe for nursing moms. My DD comfort nurses a lot and at this point I don't even know if she'd take a bottle. I don't know what to do! Help!
 

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Benadryl is fine, Hale lists it as an L2, which is one of the safer choices. You do not need to give your DD stored milk, you do not need to pump and dump, and you can use it for longer than a day. Shouldn't be a problem.<br><br>
Hope you feel better soon!! Have you tried some ice on the sting? Sometimes that will help too...
 

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Thank you. I'm still a bit nervous about taking Benadryl though. Has anyone taken it with no issues? The ice compress really helps but it doesn't last long enough or have any healing properties.
 

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Perhaps this will ease your fears -<br><br><a href="http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/search" target="_blank">http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/search</a>
 

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I actually take Benadryl on a regular basis. I have bad allergies and get hives from time to time that I haven't been able to link to anything specific. And until my dr. started me on the medication I take to help me sleep I took Benadryl almost every night because without any medication I don't sleep at all.
 

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I'm allergic to benadryl, but I take chlorpheniramine (L3, a different first gen antihistamine) with no problems. It doesn't even seem to make the baby sleepy.<br><br>
You can try applying a paste made of meat tenderizer topically. The active ingredient (usually papain, derived from papaya) helps break down the venom. It might be too late now. I usually make a paste from ice water and baking soda.
 

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Pharmicit's tell you everything isn't safe for nursing. I don't think they're educated in that type of thing and just are covering their backs.
 

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Claritin is a long acting antihistamine rated as L1, pregnancy risk category B by Hale. I used it for hives and other allergic reactions. It won't make you drowsy if that is a problem but because it is long acting it has a longer half-life and will reamin in your breast milk longer.<br><br>
I hope you get relief soon.
 

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to further ease your mind about the benadryll, take the children's dye-free. It is a smaller dose and is does not have the red/pink dye that the adult does.
 

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Thank you everyone for putting my mind at ease. Just another question - regular Benadryl knocks me out so am wondering if the non-drowsy is safe to use, or if I should just take the regular stuff at night, or the children's, or what.
 

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We're SUPPOSED to be, but it's true, some pharmacists just don't know where to look. I really got into drugs in pregnancy and lactation after I got pregnant, but I was taught where to look in pharmacy school and always kept my own copy of the Briggs reference since graduation.<br><br>
There are 3 main references:<br>
Drugs In Pregnancy and Lactation by Briggs<br>
Medications and Mothers Milk by Hal<br>
The Lactmed database, referenced above, and FREE!!! The most up to date thing you're going to find.
 

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I would avoid the non-drowsy, it may have pseudofed in it which can hurt your supply.
 

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Mix some baking soda with water to make a paste and spread it over the bee sting thickly. Within minutes the pain will be gone. Repeat if needed. I have always done this and never had to resort to any sort of meds.
 

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I took half of the regular Benadryl last night around 9:30 p.m. and then took the other half at midnight. It did help the swelling. I am also using ice a couple of times a day and putting toothpaste on it. This is as a result of this great article on Slate that my friend sent me: <a href="http://www.slate.com/id/2088863/" target="_blank">http://www.slate.com/id/2088863/</a> It's really cool how this guy tested the medical and homemade (topical) remedies.<br><br>
I tried Apis yesterday and it honestly didn't do anything <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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Try this: i had a wasp sting that really hurt and got worse after a few days. I put mud on it and let it dry. It worked!!! Unbelieveable. If you have a clay masque or some plain old clay, even better.
 

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My mom, who is not into natural remedies, always made a paste with baking soda and water.<br><br>
Load the baking soda paste onto the site where you were stung and it should calm the area and take away the pain.<br><br><br>
FYI...this also works for other nasty bug bites.<br><br><br><br>
Feel better! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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