I decided to look up the incidence of deaths secondary to stings. Here is the info:
Localized reactions from hymenoptera stings occur in 17-56% of stings. This is not anaphylaxis although the stress and excitement can make some people believe this is what is happening.
1-2% of people will experience a generalized reaction and 5% of people will seek medical care for this problem.
There are between 30-120 deaths per year in the US. 50% occur within the first 30 min of the sting and 75% within 4 hours. If there is any question---SEEK MEDICAL CARE, or have an epipen available for immediate use.
The peak incidence of death from anaphylaxis is in individuals between the ages of 34 and 48.
; deaths are not common but large enough incidence that we should all be aware of the problem.
Well now THAT is reassuring, being I'm past, waaay past, the 34-48 age bracket I automatically defied the dark hand. Weeelll at the time of MY reaction I thought that surely I would NOT perish from just a bug sting and since YOU are reading my disclosure, see, I made it
There was/is an article just recently in one of the two bee mags, ( I don't recall which ) about a guy being stung on the top of his left ear and subsequently HE suffered a sever reaction and went to the Butcher/Hosp. shop for a revival.
My exact situation! What is most interesting is that the writer and the guy suffering the reaction, was told that there is/are nerves that tie in from the top of the ear to the throat area, by A PARAMEDIC of all people, not THE DOCTOR but a Paramedic
Well, now that was reassuring. Although the attending Physician in MY emergency didn't tell me all this at the time I don't, for one minute, doubt that SHE didn't know this. NOOOO I tend to think that she probably thought that such information was above and beyond my comprehension and she didn't care to burden me with such trivia
But now I know. Put protective tape on the top of the ears IF you chose to go necked while fooling around with bees.
I think that the bill was around 800 bucks for two hours in the emergency room. Thank you Medicare.
Opps the lead in was about statistics, whatever they are. Oh well, sorry.