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Bee Stings and Food/Drug Interactions

  1. 1. Bee Stings and Food and Drug Interactions Rose Harmon CPR and First Aid
  2. 2. Bee Stings <ul><li>Bee stings can be very dangerous </li></ul><ul><li>Reactions to bee stings are split into two categories: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Local </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Systematic </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Bee Stings <ul><li>Local Reaction: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Symptoms include pain, redness, itchiness and swelling </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A bacterial skin condition can also develop within 12-36 hours </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Bee Stings <ul><li>Systematic Reaction: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Allergic reaction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Take emergency care immediately! </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. What to Do When Stung <ul><li>Local Reaction: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Act quickly! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Get to a safe area as soon as possible </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Remove the stinger </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. What to Do When Stung <ul><li>Systematic Reaction: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Act quickly! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Get to a safe area and remove the stinger </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. What to Do When Stung <ul><li>Systematic Reaction cont.: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Antihistamines such as Benadryl can slow symptoms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Generally bee stings aren’t dangerous, but they can be fatal so it is important to seek emergency medical care as soon as possible </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Treat a Sting From Home <ul><li>Antihistamines and calamine lotion will help with the itchiness </li></ul><ul><li>Pain will go away quickly, but swelling may last over a day </li></ul><ul><li>Using an ice pack will reduce swelling </li></ul>
  9. 9. Other Notes <ul><li>If the victim is stung more than 10 times or is stung in the mouth, nose or throat, call 911 immediately </li></ul>
  10. 10. Food/Drug Interactions <ul><li>A food/drug interaction occurs when the medicine you are taking is affected by the food you are eating. </li></ul><ul><li>It can happen with both prescription medications and over the counter medications </li></ul>
  11. 11. Food/Drug Interactions <ul><li>The food may slow the body’s absorption of the medicine or delay it’s effect </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This is why some medications are to be taken on an empty stomache </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not all medicines are affected by food </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Effects of Food/Drug Interaction <ul><li>Effects may vary, but they can be very dangerous </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ex. Eating licorice while taking Lanoxin can cause Lanoxin toxicity </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. How to Avoid a Food/Drug Interaction <ul><li>Read the labels on prescription bottles </li></ul><ul><li>Be sure to understand warnings and side effects. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If anything is unclear, call your doctor </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ask your doctor if there are any foods you should not eat with your medications </li></ul>
  14. 14. How to Avoid a Food/Drug Interaction <ul><li>Follow the instructions your doctor gives you </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure all your doctors know what medications you are on </li></ul><ul><li>NEVER under any circumstances drink alcohol with your medication. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Comparisons <ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  16. 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. <>.