I've got a few stings this year; usually because I was not paying attention. Each time, the reaction has gotten a little worse. Yesterday, I was fiddling with the hive when I shouldn't have been and got two stings in payment. I was carrying something, so they had a good time pumping in the venom before I could get the stingers out. It hurt, but not so bad at first. After about 30 minutes, I started to get itchy starting at my feet and working up. I took a benedryl, but it kept getting worse. Then my ears started to throb, my face turned red, and started to swell. It was about at this point that I thought a trip to the doctor may be in order. My lips, nose, and forehead started to go numb, like they'd been dipped in wax. So I went up the street to the hospital, and they gave me more benedryl (IV) and a steroid. It went away pretty quickly after that. Has this progression of stings reactions becoming worse happened to any of you? Did it ever get better? This is my first year beekeeping. I will just have to be real careful I guess; get a full suit or something and be smarter about how I'm handling the bees.