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How long does bee sting pain last?

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Most persons experience relief within an hour or two of a bee sting. Moderate reactions may linger for five to 10 days in some individuals, says Mayo Clinic.

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Painful stings may be soothed by topical applications, such as calamine lotion, antihistamine creams or a mixture of baking soda and water. These treatments should also improve swelling that accompanies the sting; pain relievers containing ibuprofen or acetaminophen may be used in conjunction for additional relief, states Mayo Clinic.

Rarely, pain accompanied by breathing difficulty of fainting and dizziness are signs of a severe allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis and may be life-threatening, according to WebMD.

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