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Bee Stings and Food/Drug Interactions


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Presentation on Bee Stings and Food/Drug Interactions for Second Semester CPR and First Aid Class at Concord High School

Presentation on Bee Stings and Food/Drug Interactions for Second Semester CPR and First Aid Class at Concord High School

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  • 1. Bee Stings and Food and Drug Interactions Rose Harmon CPR and First Aid
  • 2. Bee Stings
    • Bee stings can be very dangerous
    • Reactions to bee stings are split into two categories:
      • Local
      • Systematic
  • 3. Bee Stings
    • Local Reaction:
      • Symptoms include pain, redness, itchiness and swelling
      • A bacterial skin condition can also develop within 12-36 hours
  • 4. Bee Stings
    • Systematic Reaction:
      • Allergic reaction
      • Symptoms include difficulty breathing or speaking, swelling in the mouth and throat, a rash all over the body, faintness or decreased level of consciousness, nausea or vomiting
      • Take emergency care immediately!
  • 5. What to Do When Stung
    • Local Reaction:
      • Act quickly!
      • Get to a safe area as soon as possible
      • Remove the stinger
  • 6. What to Do When Stung
    • Systematic Reaction:
      • Act quickly!
      • Get to a safe area and remove the stinger
      • Check for an EpiPen, and use it if it’s available. If it is NOT available, call 911 immediately. Do NOT wait for symptoms to appear.
  • 7. What to Do When Stung
    • Systematic Reaction cont.:
      • Antihistamines such as Benadryl can slow symptoms
      • Generally bee stings aren’t dangerous, but they can be fatal so it is important to seek emergency medical care as soon as possible
  • 8. Treat a Sting From Home
    • Antihistamines and calamine lotion will help with the itchiness
    • Pain will go away quickly, but swelling may last over a day
    • Using an ice pack will reduce swelling
  • 9. Other Notes
    • If the victim is stung more than 10 times or is stung in the mouth, nose or throat, call 911 immediately
  • 10. Food/Drug Interactions
    • A food/drug interaction occurs when the medicine you are taking is affected by the food you are eating.
    • It can happen with both prescription medications and over the counter medications
  • 11. Food/Drug Interactions
    • The food may slow the body’s absorption of the medicine or delay it’s effect
      • This is why some medications are to be taken on an empty stomache
      • Not all medicines are affected by food
  • 12. Effects of Food/Drug Interaction
    • Effects may vary, but they can be very dangerous
      • Ex. Eating licorice while taking Lanoxin can cause Lanoxin toxicity
  • 13. How to Avoid a Food/Drug Interaction
    • Read the labels on prescription bottles
    • Be sure to understand warnings and side effects.
      • If anything is unclear, call your doctor
    • Ask your doctor if there are any foods you should not eat with your medications
  • 14. How to Avoid a Food/Drug Interaction
    • Follow the instructions your doctor gives you
    • Make sure all your doctors know what medications you are on
    • NEVER under any circumstances drink alcohol with your medication.
  • 15. Comparisons
    • When doing my research, I didn’t find many similarities between bee stings and food/drug interactions. The side effects are different, the only similarity between the two being possible death. Also, serious side effects of food/drug interactions are not caused by the patient’s allergies like bee stings.
  • 16. Works Cited Brouhard, Rod. &quot;Bee Sting Treatment - How to Treat Bee Stings.&quot; First Aid - First Aid & Safety Tips for Emergencies or Everyday. 30 Sept. 2009. Web. 23 May 2010. <>. Conrad Stoppler, MD, Melissa. &quot;Bee and Wasp Stings - When to Seek Medical Care on EMedicineHealth.&quot; EMedicineHealth - Experts in Everyday Emergencies, First Aid and Health Information. Web. 23 May 2010. < to Seek Medical Care>. Kelly, MD, MS, Robert B. &quot;Drug-Food Interactions --; Home -- Dec. 2009. Web. 23 May 2010. <>. Ravel, MD, Daniel. &quot;Bee And Insect Stings In Children. Information on Yellow Jackets, Hornets, Ants, Fire Ants, Wasps, Venom, Anaphylaxis, Anaphylactic Shock, and Epinephrine.&quot; The Medical Journal of Australia. 17 Aug. 2002. Web. 23 May 2010. <>. United States of America. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Department of Health and Human Services. U S Food and Drug Administration Home Page. Web. 23 May 2010. <>.