Bee sting

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  1. Cowboy

    Cowboy Glances can deceive

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    I got stung above the eye today. But about 5 minutes after getting stung my legs started getting weak then I couldn't but barely stand up and my lower back got weird and I had to lay down. About 10 minutes later I was normal again so I took a Benadryl. I thought I may have jerked my back but when I stood up I wasn't in any pain. Just kind of odd and first time I've been stung in about 25 years.
     
  2. ronn47

    ronn47 Where's the Scotch? Charter Member Benefactor Life Member

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    Your wife's name is Bee?

    Start carrying Benadryl at all times.
    Get checked for allergies also.
     
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    Cowboy Glances can deceive

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    Yeah it's just kind of concerning.
     
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    Anaphylactic shock. The allergic reaction to the bee sting caused your blood pressure to bottom out.
    Tell your doctor and he/she should have no problem prescribing an epinephrine pen for you.
    Reactions to bee stings usually gets worse with subsiquent stings.
    In other words, the next time it could be a faster and more severe reaction. The epi will counteract the sudden drop in blood pressure, VERY quickly.
     
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    It's only happened to me once but apparently I'm VERY allergic.
     
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    bkfist New Member

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    BTW, formerly a paramedic AND I'm also allergic to certain wasp stings. (Each species of wasp/bee is a slightly different venom, most people who are allergic are allergic to one are allergic to multiple species.)
     
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    Had one hit me with a glancing shot above my eye last year while opening the gate. I swear to you, if that thing were to hit you IN the eye I don't know what would happen.
     
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    Glad it wasn't worse! Next time, don't wait on the Benadryl. And look into having the (probable) allergy diagnosed just to be sure.
     
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    A MSF instructor (motorcycle safety foundation course) emphasized to wear eye protection, as he was also a bee keeper and told us of you're stung directly in the eyeball, even with immediate medical attention, you've got about a 50/50 chance of losing the eye.
     
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    A friend was a backyard bee keeper. He had been stung plenty of times. Then one got him near the hairline, and it about did him in. Fortunately his wife saw him go down and call 911.
     
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    NCFubar Well-Known Member

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    An EMT back when I was on the VFD told me as you get older and each time you get stung you stand more of a chance of an adverse reaction ... kinda like a sum total reaction. Also where you get stung can introduce the venom into your system quicker and heavier ... a sting on you thigh isn’t as strong and a sting above the eye.
     
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    Got stung twice on the neck on a motorcycle ride once. Full leathers and full face helmet and they hit me on only exposed flesh! About a minute apart.

    It constricted my throat and was tougher to breath for a bit.
     
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    Puzzies... Whenever I get stung I immediately grab the offender and eat it on the spot!!! I smile while doing so just to send a message to any others that may be in the area........














    (then immediately scream like a little girl and run to my Mommy)
     
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    Called sensitization. Bad juju. You may not be allergic today but it may kick your butt tomorrow. Now that you have had a negative reaction get a epipen el quicko.
     
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    True for any potential allergen. That peanut you eat may be your last.

    Not anaphylaxis. Not yet. @REELDOC has it right.
     
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    May have been a vasovagal response, in other words you're just a massive wuss!
     
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    I wish that was the case. I'm don't get me wrong I'm a tremendous wuss. The last time I got stung was 25 years ago and my entire arm swelled up.
     
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    Get a bottle of benadryl, epi-pen and carry a can of Skoal with you. As soon as you get hit by one... pop the Skoal on it. It will draw out the venom. Then take the Benadryl if needed. If that doesn't help... epi to the thigh...

    9/10... the Skoal will draw it out... I am very allergic and since 14, every sting I have had I used Skoal and it worked fine.
     
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    Does the Skoal have to be wet?
     
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    Oh yeah.. .but Skoal usually is pretty moist out of the can since it is plastic. It it dries out.. just put a few drops of water in it and shake it up... moist again! After 2 or 3 wettings, just buy another.

    Don't dip it though! You don't want to be addicted, like I am! But it is great for bee stings.
     
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    Rub some dirt on it.
     
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    This happened to me about a month ago. Just riding along minding my own business. I turned my head and felt the sting. got home and it was swollen like no tomorrow.
     
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    Full face helmet "helps"... That is if one doesn't bounce up inside off your collar, or worse yet get trapped inside when you have your visor or entire front up (in the case of a modular)
    I've avoided getting stung, so far, but a simple June bug at 80mph to the throat hurts like hell, even through a riding jacket!
     
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    +1 on the chewing tobacco advice; I've done it since I was a small kid and it works; the old folks would just pull a piece of plug tobacco out of their mouth and slap it on the sting site. Helps with swelling and pain. My kids used to freak out when I'd put some on them, but quickly realized that it worked wonders !!!

    Helps with mosquito and horsefly bites too !
     
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    ive had better luck wetting the area and smothering with meat tenderizer - i tried cigarette tobacco when i was several miles out in the woods when i hit a yellowjackets nest with four wheeler and just didnt seem to work that well. dont know if i just wasnt able to keep it on as good, or if theres a differene between chewing tobacco and cigarette tobacco.

    ill swell up pretty good unless i make me a meat tenderizer poultice.
     
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    backwoodsshooter There’s no such things as ghost guns or ghost Charter Member Supporting Member

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    Oh I wear nothing but a full face lol. I am pretty sure he was chilling under/on my collar or on the strap of my backpack. Either way it sucked.

    I have hit some mighty big bugs while riding. The biggest to date was a Japanese Hornet about 12 years ago. I would have lost an eye if I wasn't wearing eye protection.
     
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    VA_GENTLEMAN Gone Galt Benefactor Charter Life Member

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    After my first sting... Dad always put the tobacco on me... Walking around with my head wrapped with a long string of Red Man... sheesh.. Chewing Tobacco works good and is usually best when it is chewed for a few seconds to get moist. I have never seen smoking tobacco work well... it's to dry and probably full of other chemicals.
     
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    I've been stung a few times this year. I've found that washing the sting with dawn and hot water takes the sting out pretty quick. I think it's like not sterilizing a needle site, it will get red if you don't.
     
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    EpiPens are still expensive. generics are 1/2 the cost. ~$100 for a 2-pack.
     
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    My doctors office sent me a message said and I "it sounds like a little shock ;)" WTF
     
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    LOL... tell them yea, I've figured that out already... How about doing something about it!
     
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    Cowboy Glances can deceive

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    Yeah I'm kind of take back about it.
     
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    A little shock?... It hurt like HELL!
     
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    You know, when I was a kid, getting a shot, the idiot nurses would already say "it's just going to be a little bee sting"... That was the absolute worst thing you could every tell a kid who has ever actually been stung by a bee.
    I remember hearing that same phrase when my daughter got shots too.
    What kind of idiot tells a kid that before sticking a needle in them!
     
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    The honest kind.

    One of the worst things you can do with a patient, right before you do something that you know is going to cause them pain, is tell them, "Nah...it ain't gonna hurt"...your credibility and their trust just flew right out the window.

    Had an ABG draw from my right wrist. RT told me, "This is gonna hurt like hell." He was right...it did, but I appreciated his honesty.
     
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    No, that's not honest at all. Saying th at it's going to feel like a pinch might be honest... A bee sting hurts more than a needle stick, swells and throbs for hours or even days. Needle sticks hurt a few seconds, don't swell or throb painfully (unless a rare reaction occurs), don't turn red etc.
     

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