December 19, 2022

I was stung by a yellow jacket...

Question:

I was stung by a yellow jacket on my wrist yesterday. Now there is a patch of redness stretching from the back of my hand, around under my wrist, and down my forearm almost to the elbow. The area is quite swollen and warm to the touch.
I am inclined to just leave it alone but wanted to ask in here, what is the biological purpose of swelling and why might stopping the swelling it be undesirable?

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Terrain answer:

The body swelling is because it is bringing water to the area to dilute the poison in order to protect the cells from being damaged. The pain is to let us know to rest so the body can dedicate all energy to remediating the poison. Heat (same as feve … See more

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