1. Most patients experience between two and five days of symptoms after Bee Venom Therapy (B.V.T.) while others may have some symptoms that last up to 2 weeks. These symptoms may include itching, swelling, redness and warmth in the area that has been stung. This type of reaction is not cause for alarm. Swelling of an entire limb (arm or leg) may occur but it is not a cause for alarm unless the circulation to the foot or hand is compromised by external wrap or cast. Use ice, elevate and rest, it may take two to four days for this type of reaction to subside and the next treatment will be done with a lesser dose of bee venom, but treatment should not be discontinued. Hives, swollen lips or tongue or difficulty breathing do warrant immediate treatment.
2. To help minimize the discomfort after treatment, apply ice, calamine (not caladryl) lotion, Vitamin E oil, aloe vera, sunburn lotion with Benzocaine, or even toothpaste to the affected area. If, despite these measures, the discomfort, especially itching, is still severe and is interfering with your life (sleep, etc.), you can take 25 mg Benadryl and speak to your doctor about a prescription for a topical Lidocaine ointment or patches. Gel cold packs are available for purchase at any good pharmacy.
3. To maximize the healing potential of B.V.T. we recommend nutritional supplements...