First painful sting

Discussion in 'Beekeeping 101' started by Zulu, Apr 25, 2011.

  1. Zulu

    Zulu Member

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    No matter what they say - occasionally one hurts

    Was working my hive and showing others and probably not paying enough attention and took a sting between the fingers - damn bee would not let go or breakaway like normal. I had a frame in my hands at the time so could not do anything. The bee did not come from the frame. Put it down and used the hive tool to scrape off the bee and stinger. 20 minutes later it started to hurt.

    By night (4 hours later) it was so painful I could not touch the skin and started to swell up. Benadryl and Zantac together and some pain killers and went to bed. Swollen badly today but just a normal itch.

    The tip of adding Zantac came from an EMR. They use it together before using an epipen as Benadryl works the H1 histamines and Zantac the H2's

    I took two other tags yesterday and they are just like mosquito bites today. Itchy and slight local swelling.
     
  2. brooksbeefarm

    brooksbeefarm New Member

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    zulu, they all hurt, i try not to let them know it. :mrgreen: Jack
     

  3. crackerbee

    crackerbee New Member

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    They seem to know right where to get ya don't they?A couple weeks ago I got stung on the tip of my T.V. remote finger :cry: ,and around my house that's dang personal.
     
  4. tecumseh

    tecumseh New Member

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    An old bee keeper I use to work with had this saying... 'the first 2mm of a bee's sting is fact, the remaining 2" of their stinger is all in your mind'

    needless to say I am somewhat calloused to the whole affair... but some stings in some places just hurts more than those in other places.
     
  5. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    Welcome to beekeeping, Zulu. Some of them will still bring tears to my eyes.
     
  6. riverrat

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    Especially the ones that get you on the corner of the nostril
     
  7. Bens-Bees

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    I've only had two this year that didn't hurt. The one that got me on my belly hurt worst though... must be something about fatty-tissue that makes it worse.
     
  8. Eddy Honey

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    It's official! I'm a beekeeper. Took one in the back of the head today. The sad part is we weren't even working the hives. I saw thunderstorms in the forcast and wanted to ratchet strap the hives to the pallets they sit upon. We figured we wouldn't need our bee veils or smoke for this. First hive was fine usually one or two bees will escort us about 50 ft away from that hive and then leave. The second hive (I call this one the pms hive) got me on the head while I was leaving and escorted us 200+ feet away. I was kinda hoping to get stung so I could know what to expect, just not in the head! It's really no big deal. So far the wife is winning 4-1 lol
     
  9. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    If you want to win, open the hive when there are thunder clouds on the horizon. You will be winning 300 to 4. That is the worst possible time to go around a hive.
     
  10. riverrat

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    thunderstorms aproaching bad time to be doing anything directly related to bees they tend to be a mite bit testy on days you wouldnt want the roof taken off your house. :thumbsup:
     
  11. Eddy Honey

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    Sunshine was still out. It was getting windy tho' Storms were still 150 miles away and haven't made it here yet.
     
  12. Iddee

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    The worst I have ever been covered was full sun, 85 degrees, perfect day. BUT, there were clouds on the horizon and you could smell the rain coming. So could the bees.
     
  13. Omie

    Omie New Member

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    I don't mind the pain of a sting, even on the lip. It's the several days of swelling and intense ITCHING that bother me most. I sometimes need to take antihistamine and put on cortizone and benedryl ointments. Usually it takes a lot to even make me take an aspirin!
     
  14. milapostol

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    Same here. I've gotten stung twice right between the eyebrows, and then it swells up and I look pretty monstrous for a couple days. I don't mind the sting, but I wish it wasn't in such a conspicuous place!

    I know this sounds crazy, but I would have rather gotten stung in the butt :) or somewhere not so readily seen!