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    Default Allergic to bees?

    This would be a good place I figured to find out about this.
    I have been a horse person and an outdoor person all my 50 some years. I think I can count on my ten fingers how many times I have been stung.
    Sunday night I was walking down the deck steps and ZOWIE,
    My hand felt like someone hit it with a hot poker.
    Dang Yellow jackets had built a nest in the dead stump of a cherry tree right next to the stairs.
    Well I continued what I was doing, and started getting very hot.
    Went in the house to wash off the bite and look for a stinger,
    The bottoms of my feet started burning and itching, Then the palms of my hands.
    I thought, oh this is strange.. Looked for some benadryl, Of course there was none, so off to the pharmacy. Started itching all over. By the time I came home I had hives all over my back and stomach and neck.
    Took a benadryl and considered going to the ER.
    Now last time I was stung, over a year ago, my hand swelled up like someone took a bicycle pump to it, I went then and the response was yeah, its a bee sting reaction. That will be 200 dollars!
    So after doing a bit of on line research I got kind of scared, Apparently you can become increasingly allergic to a bee sting each time you are stung. And what I experienced hives..
    was a precursor to anaphylactic shock!
    And that I should carry an Epi Pen.
    So off to find a new doc, Mine retired. I found one in town, but cannot see him till the 10th.
    I am a bit paranoid, but continue to work outside.
    HAs anyone ever experienced this, or are you allergic to bees?
    Heck The next time I could be dead.
    "you can only ride the drama llama so hard before it decides to spit in your face." ?Caffeinated.


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    Yup. Epi Pen. My first sting, not so bad, next one, my foot swelled up, next one the entire leg. I have EpiPens everywhere.
    "We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." ~Immanuel Kant


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    Me too. I hadn't been stung in a really long time, then a few years ago I stepped on a bee while barefoot. The top of my foot swelled and it carried on up through my lower leg. I ended up with swollen, green (bruising) cankles. I looked like Shrek...

    Get an EpiPen and carry it with you. And make sure people around you know you have an allergy and where your pen is.


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    Woke up in January of this year having breathing problems. Long story short I believe I was stung by a spider and had a reaction. Lips and face swollen, throat very tight so difficulty breathing and swallowing.
    Went to DR and was prescribed epi pens. Plus steroids to resolve that reaction. Now like 2 of 3 brothers and at least one nephew, have to be wary of bees.
    Figured it was coming as the last bee sting was like someone had slammed into my arm and my heart started racing. Fortunately no other reactions at that time.

    DH went from HO-hum to panic over the reaction after I had him read the Mayo Clinic information. At first he thought it no big deal, now we have epi pens all over the farm.
    "Never do anything that you have to explain twice to the paramedics."
    Courtesy my cousin Tim


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    Yep nothing to mess with. Several years ago my dog and I got swarmed by ground bees. I felt kinda sick but took Benadryl and kept on with my day. 2 weeks later I got stung by 1 lousy bee ended up in the ER and overnight in hospital. My own mother did not recgonize me in the ER Sadly being a stubborn nurse I DROVE myself 12 miles to the ER. I worked with an allergist who started me on desensitizing injections. 3 years later I still have the Epi-Pens but no longet have to call 911 right away. Shots are VERY painful but worth it as I was living alone and most of the ground is sand. Ground bees love sand


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    I have about 10 minutes from the time I get stung until my throat closes up entirely. The last time it happened I stepped on a honey bee, DH shot me up with the Epi-pen and I got an ambulance ride to the hospital... my knees, elbows, fingers, and ankles were swollen and itchy for a week and a half. Needless to say, I'm not a big bee fan!
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    Quote Originally Posted by crystalyoung1 View Post
    Yep nothing to mess with. Several years ago my dog and I got swarmed by ground bees. I felt kinda sick but took Benadryl and kept on with my day. 2 weeks later I got stung by 1 lousy bee ended up in the ER and overnight in hospital. My own mother did not recgonize me in the ER Sadly being a stubborn nurse I DROVE myself 12 miles to the ER. I worked with an allergist who started me on desensitizing injections. 3 years later I still have the Epi-Pens but no longet have to call 911 right away. Shots are VERY painful but worth it as I was living alone and most of the ground is sand. Ground bees love sand
    WOw, Well gee this whole place is sand. I am surprised I have not been stung more. This was a drive By stinging, LOL I guess Walking past the nest was a threat.
    I am really pissed that a year ago, the ER doc took my hand the size of HArry Potters Aunt when he blew her up as no big deal. Rrrr
    I read about the shots to desensitize.
    None of you have broke out in hives? My heart did start beating like a mad woman.
    "you can only ride the drama llama so hard before it decides to spit in your face." ?Caffeinated.


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    I had 5 hives when I left my home by the time I got to the ER my face was so swollen I could not open my eyes or see . Actually half way there I thought about stopping at the fire department for help but I could not see it. I had hives for a week.
    the last time I got stung I had huge hives maybe 8 inches in diameter in several places. This is now considered a mild reaction


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    I have always been reactive to bee stings. Large areas of swelling that take days to go down.

    A couple of summers ago I was cutting grass when a wasp got hung up in the wisps of my bangs. It got pissed and stung me three times. I knew it wasn't gonna be pretty, so I high tailed it to the house to make a baking soda paste to apply to the stings and get an ice pack going. Part way through the process I started itching EVERYWHERE. I downed 2 Benadryl and called my doctors office. They said if the itching didn't subside in about 10-15 minutes to get to the ER. Lucky for me it did. I was then prescribed epipens. I carry them and Benadryl with me everywhere.

    I've been stung since, but haven't had as severe a reaction. I think this is so for 2 reasons: 1. The other stings have been glancing blows and only single stings rather than 3 full on stings. 2. I have taken Benadryl immediately. I keep the children's chewable tablets with me so that I can take them even if I don't have water.


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    Been there! Get yourself to an allergist. They will test you and tell you which bees and wasps you are allergic to. Then do the shots! They hurt bad when you start out but it's worth it so you don't have to live worrying about what you have to do if you are stung out on a hack or at a show. I did the shots for 10 years and then got retested and I'm no longer allergic to every wasp and bee. I was originally sensitive to all but the honey bees.


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    I will in no way dismiss or minimize the comments of anyone who is allergic to bee stings. True bee allergies are life-threatening. Epi-pens are mandatory precautions for anyone so situated.

    Having said that, there are a LOT of people who think they have life-threatening bee allergies who really don't.

    It's a cliche in the pharmaceutical industry that the McNeil division of what now is Johnson & Johnson scored the pharmaceutical marketing coup of the 20th Century by convincing 20% of the American public that they were among the authentic 3% of the population who are intolerant to aspirin.

    Probably I should get an epi-pen because I have a scant couple of allergies and am a just recently certified honeybee keeper. I do have some oral steroids and oral antihistamines on hand, but those are lame against anaphylactic shock.
    If I knew what I were doing, why would I take lessons?

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    but no simpler." - Einstein



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    Nobody wants to get stung. People with no allergy at all still have a lot of unpleasantness. A few years ago in flip-flops I mowed over a ground based hive of some kind of bee-oid things, that chased me across the yard and stung me repeatedly, including between my toes. It wasn't pleasant and I took some benadryl even though that wasn't really necessary.

    But try to find out if you're authentically allergic, such as superminion, or just really unhappy to be stung by anything that flies and seems like a bee.
    If I knew what I were doing, why would I take lessons?

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    but no simpler." - Einstein



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    Quote Originally Posted by crystalyoung1 View Post
    I had 5 hives when I left my home by the time I got to the ER my face was so swollen I could not open my eyes or see . Actually half way there I thought about stopping at the fire department for help but I could not see it. I had hives for a week.
    the last time I got stung I had huge hives maybe 8 inches in diameter in several places. This is now considered a mild reaction
    Holy HELL! A mild reaction??? I could have torn my skin off it itched so bad, and they were all over my front and back.. Gee I wonder if I would have gotten the same response from the ER this time.
    That is just bloody scary!
    "you can only ride the drama llama so hard before it decides to spit in your face." ?Caffeinated.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Adamantane View Post
    Nobody wants to get stung. People with no allergy at all still have a lot of unpleasantness. A few years ago in flip-flops I mowed over a ground based hive of some kind of bee-oid things, that chased me across the yard and stung me repeatedly, including between my toes. It wasn't pleasant and I took some benadryl even though that wasn't really necessary.

    But try to find out if you're authentically allergic, such as superminion, or just really unhappy to be stung by anything that flies and seems like a bee.
    Wait, Did you read my post? I know what got me, IT was a yellow JAcket, That night I blasted the hive after dark.
    Did I not mention that my heart starting beating out of my chest, And my whole front and back were covered in Hives including the bottom of my feet and palms of my hands?
    A year ago when I got nailed by a Yellow jacket, my hand was three times the size of its normal self.
    I am not going to wait around for round three, and see if the next time I stop breathing. MAybe I misunderstood you, But I am an outdoors gal, riding and teaching and farming my whole life, And I have no fear of things that fly or slink or slither, I am a live and let live person, but if after reading the MAyo Clinic site that what I experienced was a precursor to anaphylactic shock, yeah you can bet I am just a tad concerned. Believe me it surprised the hell out of me to react that way.
    There was no seems like a bee about it.
    "you can only ride the drama llama so hard before it decides to spit in your face." ?Caffeinated.



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    I HAD a very similar run with bees. Honey bees and wasps. Same scenario, stung once an annoyance, next time swelling, next huge swelling and the itching was unbearable, the next time 2x's no swelling but shallow breathing, dizziness sweating profusely. That was 25+ years ago. Carried an Epi-pen for X amount of years then forgot about it, until I was stung repeatedly by wasps. OMG freaked me out, I was at home alone too far from town to be saved by 911. Called a neighbor and just had them talk to me for 15 minutes or so. NO reaction, NONE. Not even an itch or a welt. I've been stung since then by wasps, and a bald faced hornet. Nothing. I dunno, I have known a older friend that have had their heart stop (anaphylactic shock). They were always in danger even WITH an epi-pen. She had the series of shots for the allergy.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sannois View Post
    Wait, Did you read my post? I know what got me, IT was a yellow JAcket, That night I blasted the hive after dark.
    Did I not mention that my heart starting beating out of my chest, And my whole front and back were covered in Hives including the bottom of my feet and palms of my hands?
    A year ago when I got nailed by a Yellow jacket, my hand was three times the size of its normal self.
    I am not going to wait around for round three, and see if the next time I stop breathing. MAybe I misunderstood you, But I am an outdoors gal, riding and teaching and farming my whole life, And I have no fear of things that fly or slink or slither, I am a live and let live person, but if after reading the MAyo Clinic site that what I experienced was a precursor to anaphylactic shock, yeah you can bet I am just a tad concerned. Believe me it surprised the hell out of me to react that way.
    There was no seems like a bee about it.
    Of course I read what you posted.

    Until my second wife intrigued me into beekeeping, I, too, made no meaningful distinction between or among any of the bee-oid species. They all looked alike to me.

    Call the former me an apian racist.

    Last weekend at the honeybee keeping certification exam, by a surreal quirk while we were talking about 'robbing', atop one of the honeybee hives was perched a wasp, miraculously not under assault from the myriad honeybee hive defenders.

    They are not interchangeble. When they sting they are all nasty. What happens afterward is species-dependent.

    Please don't misunderstand my post as less than sympathetic or less than concerned.
    If I knew what I were doing, why would I take lessons?

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    but no simpler." - Einstein


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    Quote Originally Posted by Adamantane View Post
    Of course I read what you posted.

    Until my second wife intrigued me into beekeeping, I, too, made no meaningful distinction between or among any of the bee-oid species. They all looked alike to me.

    Call the former me an apian racist.

    Last weekend at the honeybee keeping certification exam, by a surreal quirk while we were talking about 'robbing', atop one of the honeybee hives was perched a wasp, miraculously not under assault from the myriad honeybee hive defenders.

    They are not interchangeble. When they sting they are all nasty. What happens afterward is species-dependent.

    Please don't misunderstand my post as less than sympathetic or less than concerned.
    No I appreciate that! And I really was not looking for sympathy.
    But more like, is this weird?
    You know, The few times I have been stung, And had these kind of reactions, it has always been a Yellow Jacket. Fast and agressive. Been chased and bit in the ass literally by one teaching at a friends farm years ago. My butt was not big enough! LOL
    I figure the doc will let me know if I need to see a specialist.
    It would be a shame to die over something so preventable.
    BTW Awesome that you are a bee keeper. We need to keep them going,
    It is scary what is happening to many colonies because of the pesticides.
    I have a local older gentleman that I get all my honey from.
    Nothing like it!
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    I went to allergest after my episode and tested positive to 5 different flying stinging insects including honey bee, hornet, wasp, yellow jackets. Yep i carry my pen and take my shots as prescribed. Yep they hurt a LOT I had huge reactions every time. Many times had to stay at office 3-4 hours while waiting for reactionto go down. They would not put me in the waiting room because the reactions were so bad they would scare others
    Even now when I'm out there I get stares as my whole upper arm swells turns red and hurts. Am I glad I did the testing and shots? You betcha! My DH and parents are too as they don't have to worry so much about calls from the ER
    Sannois if you reacted that bad I would follow up with your doctor soon. And have someone else spray that tree with the nest!



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