How long does it take for the burn stop from a bee sting?
Local reactions such as burning pain and itching, although
unpleasant, are not considered signs of an allergic reaction to bee
or wasp stings.
A sharp, burning sensation at the site of a bee sting is a
normal, non-allergic reaction and can last up to two hours, though
it often subsides in a few minutes. Soreness at the sting site can
last several hours, or even a few days.
Other normal reactions include redness at the site of the sting,
a small white dot where the stinger penetrated the skin, and
swelling around the location. Itching also can be quite
A stronger local reaction sometimes occurs in about 10 percent
of people, which can also include extreme redness and swelling at
the site of the sting which grows larger over a day or two. This
type of local reaction usually resolves in about a week.
However, there are more serious symptoms after a bee or wasp
sting that should prompt a call to 9-1-1 right away, even if the
person experiences only one or two of these:
swelling of the person's throat and tongue;
a weak and rapid pulse;
low blood pressure;
nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea;
dizziness or fainting; and
loss of consciousness.
These likely indicate a severe allergic reaction, or
anaphylaxis, and only 2 to 3 percent of the population will