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No not me
Hardly react at all but it does depend where you get stung
The face is the worst then the hotspots like ankles and wrists.
I had a nasty reaction once while I was taking NSAIDs
Are you getting any systemic reaction? Flushing, heart rate up, that sort of thing?
 

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I react this year as I have done in the past: pain with sting, initial redness some swelling on soft tissue then virtually gone within 30 minutes.. (this year's count so far 104)
 

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Not getting worse, usually the same..my reaction is typically delayed about 24 hours though. Normally gets slightly swollen and itchy!
 

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With some it’s been known for reactions to worsen to a point of being allergic for others it will go the other way
 

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I always reacted badly until the day I got 50 plus stings ..... Don't ask. All of a sudden it stopped for a couple of years. I got stung the other day for the first time for ages and it is half way between no reaction and my old bad reaction. It depends alot on if I get a full dose of sting and where I get it!
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I would be quite allergic to any sort of insect bite and am never complacent about bee stings. You can be fine and then one bee sting could cause a really bad reaction. I am amazed when I watch videos where people do not wear any sort of suit or gloves I wish I could.
 

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I would be quite allergic to any sort of insect bite and am never complacent about bee stings. You can be fine and then one bee sting could cause a really bad reaction. I am amazed when I watch videos where people do not wear any sort of suit or gloves I wish I could.
That is probably because their bees are bred for docility (amongst other things). I can inspect some colonies bare handed and get no stings whatever the weather. And others - usually owned by other people- where you can get 5-20 stings on opening the CB (I then wear gloves!- wimp!:paparazzi:)
 

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Good opportunity for me to ask without a new thread: Where do you folks get your Epipens?
 

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Good opportunity for me to ask without a new thread: Where do you folks get your Epipens?
Prescribed by your GP/specialist.

Don’t be concerned about tales of shortages and failures, just follow the advice. I was advised to carry a Jext 500mcg, which delivers the same dose I would give if I arrived in my ambulance.

As for the OP, my reactions improved locally but worsened systemically. If things are worsening, an allergy test would be sensible. GP can advise and undertake a blood test.
 

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I am amazed when I watch videos where people do not wear any sort of suit or gloves I wish I could.
Agreed but think it's risky; opened the happy hive today and they were super angry, first time i've been really attacked and think if i'd not had a few years experience would have given up there and then. Had to walk away, come back and close up, not easy when 3 supers and a few frames of stores next to the hive!.
 

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Not getting worse, usually the same..my reaction is typically delayed about 24 hours though. Normally gets slightly swollen and itchy!
That's a normal reaction for me, most stings this year have had less swelling but itch about the same.

Good opportunity for me to ask without a new thread: Where do you folks get your Epipens?
Plenty of old post on this, you don't need one! :bump:
 

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Quite B+
Leave medical advice to those qualified to give it! Otherwise it can be dangerous.
Personally my reaction increased for the first year and then subsided, and now apart from the initial ouch I do not react at all. However I know that tomorrow it could be an anaphylactic reaction.

If reacting badly local to the sting site , then I would suggest taking an antihistamine before going near your bees and making sure your suit etc is bee tight. Hydrocortisone cream after a sting can help. Any trace of a systemic reaction then you should have words with GP

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Plenty of old post on this, you don't need one! :bump:
Only asking because my local association carry one for their apiary checks. No idea if they have been trained in use or anything. Bit like a condom though, would rather have one and not need it than need one and not have it.
 

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Only asking because my local association carry one for their apiary checks. No idea if they have been trained in use or anything. Bit like a condom though, would rather have one and not need it than need one and not have it.
Epipens are prescribed, how does an association get one prescribed to 'them'?
 

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I'd be interested to know too please.
Up until recently, we've had pens available from those with nut allergies.
The nurses say you can't have one without a prescription, but the paramedics say if one was available you'd be advised to use it.
So, it would be good to have one available should the need arise.
 

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Like some others, each sting was progressively worse during my first year. Since then I have a much lesser reaction. However the last sting (last week) on my forearm, which didn't leave the venom sac in place, caused a fairly large swelling and three days of itching.
 

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Are you a doctor?
Have you examined him?
How do you know?
This is in the territory of Pharmacists, not self appointed Quacks on here.

They are prescription only for very good reasons.
Not got a clue, I can ask them for you.
Let's hope the proud holder of the EpiPen has more than a clue of what they're going to do with it,
i.e. is a trained paramedic or doctor and not some nutter with a clandestine prescription Drug?

fairly large swelling and three days of itching.
Job for antihistamine not exactly life threatening.
 
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