I asked my doc the same thing, but he pointed out that people who have hay fever take them all summer and they work fine, with no tolerance made."Antihistamines are better taken before a beekeeping session because once the mast cells have been stimulated and histamine released, it becomes a stable door situation"
Is it really normal practice to take an anti-histamine tablet before you go to inspect the hive(s) every time?
Wouldn't that build up in your system and cause a reaction?
Never heard that advice before but more than happy to be informed
I have been taking a high dose daily of anti-histamines for a few years now and I have no adverse reaction to getting a sting. Just the usual swelling and a small bit of itching."Wouldn't that build up in your system and cause a reaction?"
No. prophylactic anti-histamines are routinely used by those who suffer from hayfever or those receiving blood products on regular basis and prone to reactions.