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Over time, how has your reaction to stings changed?

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Re: Poll - Stings and building up immunity
« Reply #20 on: May 06, 2009, 07:52:29 PM »
My experience with stings is limited. When I first got started, the stings would swell up, cause a little pain for a short period of time and turn red.
The redness would last for about 2-3 days.  Now, I feel a little pain for just a short period of time after the sting and experience very little redness or swelling.

Last week I got stung on the very tip of my rather large nose (think easy target)   ......... and thought, boy and I going to look stupid. Nothing really happened, I just had a little dark pin size mark on the end of my nose. You had to look hard to find it. I guess, I getting use to it.  I do know that I'm not nearly as concerned about getting stung. I just try to move slowly and carefully.

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Re: Poll - Stings and building up immunity
« Reply #21 on: May 06, 2009, 07:58:12 PM »
None of the choices match my experience.  They got worse over time until they dropped to almost nothing after my worst reaction.
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Re: Poll - Stings and building up immunity
« Reply #22 on: May 07, 2009, 03:15:28 AM »
I have heard that the average beekeeper should be able to withstand around 400 stings with no problems. I get stung and no more reactions.

I've personally withstood 379 stings but I wouldn't say it was without problems, I got pretty wozzy.  After I was stung that bad I swelled a bit for about 10 years and then things went back to normal, no swelling.

Resistance to bees stings can vary by quantity, location on the body, and other factors.  I still swell if stung near an eye, nose, ear, or lip; otherwise I don't swell at all anymore.
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Re: Poll - Stings and building up immunity
« Reply #23 on: May 07, 2009, 09:47:02 PM »
After about 20 stings this year my reactions were getting less severe. Until today, that is! I got stung on the tip of the nose and my whole eye is almost swollen shut and boy did it hurt. Man this is the worst sting ever! Taught me to wear a veil!
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Re: Poll - Stings and building up immunity
« Reply #24 on: May 07, 2009, 09:53:23 PM »
After about 20 stings this year my reactions were getting less severe. Until today, that is! I got stung on the tip of the nose and my whole eye is almost swollen shut and boy did it hurt. Man this is the worst sting ever! Taught me to wear a veil!

Uggh.  Sorry to hear that.  Benadryl and lots of ice is the winning combo for me.  I got it on the nose last week when I wasn't working them and I must have knocked out the stinger immediately and hardly a lump.  The swat reaction kicked in and it had to be milliseconds between sting and removal.  I now appreciate how important it is to get the stingers out fast.

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Re: Poll - Stings and building up immunity
« Reply #25 on: May 07, 2009, 11:01:37 PM »
 :( I can't answer the poll (so I can't see the results) I haven't been stung - I'm not sure a honeybee has ever stung me. - It's because they love me, I know it is. 
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Re: Poll - Stings and building up immunity
« Reply #26 on: May 08, 2009, 07:00:47 PM »
Here's a short course;

http://bees.ucr.edu/stings.html

Only thing is they don't say is how to do this in 8 seconds or less while, holding up a brood frame covered with bees while searching for eggs, much less finding something to scrape or pinch with. No need to mention hive tool or fingers, they are generaly covered with wax,honey or proplis.

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Bee-Bop, thanks for that link.  Pretty cool how the 2 sides of the stinger ratchet themselves to work it deeper.  a well-designed continuous delivery system!

& I can testify that the ratcheting system works really well - especially in soft tissue - like one's tongue!   I've seen my reactions, which were never very severe/allergic, diminish with time/stings.   That being the case I still can't recommend eating live bees.  About an hour ago I had my first café au lait, miel et l'abeille (a cappuccino with enough honey to, apparently, entice a live bee to take a swim).  Tasty, but painful!  :shock:  I thought I had a piece of wax in there and rolled the bee around for a good while, even got the taste of pollen (could of had full baskets as they're really bringing it in atm) before I get enough textural feedback to cause me to closer examine just what it was I was about to eat!  :-X  lol!   Stinger right in the center of the tongue and so deep it almost disappeared.  <8s removal didn't work out.  Hurt so bad for a few minutes that even my inner ears felt pain.   Now my tongue just aches a bit at the base.  :-P ouch.   ;)


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Re: Poll - Stings and building up immunity
« Reply #27 on: May 08, 2009, 07:50:27 PM »
OH my gosh Dane, You ate the bee?  That is some funny story there, but that must be a first here getting stung on the tongue.  Not to often we show our tongues to the bees for them to get at us there. Ouch, can't even think about it.

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Re: Poll - Stings and building up immunity
« Reply #28 on: May 08, 2009, 08:00:16 PM »
OH my gosh Dane, You ate the bee?  That is some funny story there, but that must be a first here getting stung on the tongue.  Not to often we show our tongues to the bees for them to get at us there. Ouch, can't even think about it.

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I took it out before I ate (most of) it.   :oops:  My first sting there.  It's not pleasant, let me assure you!

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Re: Poll - Stings and building up immunity
« Reply #29 on: May 08, 2009, 09:43:59 PM »
My reaction from a sting varies from almost nothing to some pretty good swelling.

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Re: Poll - Stings and building up immunity
« Reply #30 on: May 08, 2009, 10:08:16 PM »
 With me, it depends on where I'm stung. I took one to the upper eyelid a couple of weeks ago and it hurt like the devil and was swollen for two days (I was not working any hives, just an overzealous guard bee 30 yrds away). I got my right wrist ate up moving hives and no reaction the week before. This week I took one to the top of my index finger and did not realize I didn't get the stinger out till the next day , It was swollen for a day.   
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Re: Poll - Stings and building up immunity
« Reply #31 on: May 08, 2009, 10:46:13 PM »
I got stung about 70 or 75 times about 2 weeks ago when I knocked a hive over in the bed of my pickup truck by accident. I tried to set it backup straight without thinking with no gloves and a t- shirt on, however I did have a veil. I tried to go to a resturant about 35 minutes later and almost fell out in line when I got to the point I could not breath (My wife sat me down at a table and got me some water). I had taken some benadyrl earlier and it kicked in about 45 minutes after the stings. I have never had a reaction like this, but because of the amount of stings, I felt this caused alot of internal swelling. The next day I had no red marks or itching. I keep and epie pen at the house for safe measure, but its a last resort. I can handle about 20 to 25 stings at once and after that I get woozy, and get down right sick. If you spread out the stings to all day like during inspection time or harvest time I can take alot more, I just can't handle them all at once.
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Re: Poll - Stings and building up immunity
« Reply #32 on: May 08, 2009, 11:01:09 PM »
grab some liquid benadryl and carry it.  it kicks in a little faster than the tabs.  it's low dose, so i just take a swig when i get stung.  keeps me from blowing up like a balloon!
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Re: Poll - Stings and building up immunity
« Reply #33 on: May 09, 2009, 09:32:47 PM »
Good one Dane! :-D
 Well,...This might sound wierd.....But, I miss the pics of me getting stung!..Now, not much happens except for the initial burn..then in 10 minutes its gone...However........The other day I finally got a sting up in my nose!!..YOWWWWww!!!!!! My nose snotted, and my eye cried!!! Then my nose got stuffy!..but, after a litlle while, I was all cool again!
Paul, my buddy, just gave me his empty hive box...and stand.....He just couldnt take the stings anymore and he was afraid to tend to his bees! :-D
I find this funny as he thinks he's really tuff and can handle pain...after all, he did break his neck on a 4 wheeler before I met him. But, when bees come near him, he FREAKS!!! He runs, and cusses, and swats!! and he smokes anything that a bee touches!!
To me now, bee stings feel sort of like a hot ash landing on me from a campfire...But, occasionally, there are instances that "Too many ashes" make me run into the house!! :-D

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Re: Poll - Stings and building up immunity
« Reply #34 on: May 10, 2009, 05:07:10 PM »
If the swelling continues to be large try not to get stung as much.


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Re: Poll - Stings and building up immunity
« Reply #35 on: May 10, 2009, 05:11:14 PM »
After about 20 stings this year my reactions were getting less severe. Until today, that is! I got stung on the tip of the nose and my whole eye is almost swollen shut and boy did it hurt. Man this is the worst sting ever! Taught me to wear a veil!
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Re: Poll - Stings and building up immunity
« Reply #36 on: May 10, 2009, 07:35:28 PM »
I'm pretty lucky as I don't react to bee stings except a little bit the next day (no swelling at all day 1, day 2 I get some swelling).

Last weekend a bee got inside my veil and stupidly, I took off the veil while at ground zero and got stung about a dozen times in the face and neck and head. Slight amount of swelling the next day.

Now, my son, who was also there videoing (we have a video of this incident) wasn't wearing anything and doesn't normally react at all. A bee flew inside his nose and stung him. But he had no reaction whatsoever despite the stinger (and icky the bee) being stuck in there until I took him outside, got the bee and stinger out of his nose (Very disgusting).

I don't know how most people react to this kind of thing.  Being stung in the face, neck and head a dozen times was less annoying than 1 sting on my finger the week before.  So location seems to matter a lot and not intuitively.

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Re: Poll - Stings and building up immunity
« Reply #37 on: May 10, 2009, 10:59:32 PM »
I'm pretty lucky as I don't react to bee stings except a little bit the next day (no swelling at all day 1, day 2 I get some swelling).

Last weekend a bee got inside my veil and stupidly, I took off the veil while at ground zero and got stung about a dozen times in the face and neck and head. Slight amount of swelling the next day.

Now, my son, who was also there videoing (we have a video of this incident) wasn't wearing anything and doesn't normally react at all. a bee flew inside his nose and stung him. But he had no reaction whatsoever despite the stinger (and icky the bee) being stuck in there until I took him outside, got the bee and stinger out of his nose (Very disgusting).

I don't know how most people react to this kind of thing.  Being stung in the face, neck and head a dozen times was less annoying than 1 sting on my finger the week before.  So location seems to matter a lot and not intuitively.

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Re: Poll - Stings and building up immunity
« Reply #38 on: June 15, 2009, 10:00:38 AM »
Here's something that I'd like to know: Could reaction to a sting be aggravated by a reaction to something else that the bee is carrying?

Ordinarily I get only a very mild reaction to a sting. But sometimes I'll get swelling and itchiness. I know that I have some allergies: eg to ragweed, goldenrod, and some types of grasses. My theory is that when I react strongly to a sting, it's because the bees have been foraging on some plant to which I have an allergic reaction.

Does anybody know if this theory holds water?

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Re: Poll - Stings and building up immunity
« Reply #39 on: June 15, 2009, 11:53:59 AM »
Here's something that I'd like to know: Could reaction to a sting be aggravated by a reaction to something else that the bee is carrying?

Ordinarily I get only a very mild reaction to a sting. But sometimes I'll get swelling and itchiness. I know that I have some allergies: eg to ragweed, goldenrod, and some types of grasses. My theory is that when I react strongly to a sting, it's because the bees have been foraging on some plant to which I have an allergic reaction.

Does anybody know if this theory holds water?

I think this is true, I know when my bee's are working privet and I get stung sometime the sting will fester like a fire ant bite, I have always believed this. that time of year it seems to always happen, I have heard of others seeing the same thing during privet bloom!
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