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Offline Tucker1

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Reoccuring Itch (Old Stings)
« on: May 17, 2010, 11:59:28 AM »
Very early in the spring of this year, I got about 4-5 strings on my left wrist. After a day or two, the swelling went down and I thought nothing about it.  In fact, the stings themselves, weren't particularly bad and I gave no real special notice to them.  They were all located in an area of about 1 1/2".

Twice since then, I have very short periods of reoccurring itch in that same area, with small little welts where the original strings took place. The welts appear for about 3-6 hours and then eventually go away. It's been several month since the original stings.  I've never had this problem before.

Has anyone else ?  Why would these strings suddenly itch months later.  It's not a real problem, but it sure seems strange.

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Re: Reoccuring Itch (Old Stings)
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2010, 10:22:31 PM »
Have you been stung since? Would you consider the itch minor?  Sometimes a beekeeper can develop an allergy to bee protein. This doesn't sound like a full blown allergy, but definitely curious.
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Re: Reoccuring Itch (Old Stings)
« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2010, 12:34:24 AM »
We've encountered that with other allergens & particles.  Drs explained that the in the course of reacting to the "invader" particles, the body sometimes manages to encapsulate or wall off very small amounts of the toxins/allergens. Later for whatever reason, using fat stores in that area, exertion (breaking down muscle & other fiber) normal growth & repair, the toxins or particles are re-exposed and if it is an allergen, the histamine reaction of course reoccurs.

That happens to me anything with like a flea or mosquito (I guess it is that blood thinner they use) :?. They seem to totally heal up, but then suddenly reappear almost as badly as they started :( Not a new bite, the same old one.  Bee stings thankfully don't seem to do that, or I do not think I would consider working with bees :) Dr's solution is treat the "new" re-exposure with Benadryl or whatever, etc, just like the original contamination.

It can take a really long time for the particles to finally all be absorbed/dealt with. Fiberglass is one a good example.

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Re: Reoccuring Itch (Old Stings)
« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2010, 06:43:31 PM »
Thanks for the great replies. The problem seems to have gone away. I thought is was very strange.  My reactions to bee stings have only gotten better.  I'm less sensitive by far than I was when I first started. I'm still amazed at how the girls can target one small area and gang together. What amazing creatures.

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