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 Posted: Mon Apr 4th, 2016 01:31 PM
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anaphylactic shock. This was brought up in another post.
I got that last year. or was it 2014?
I have been stung by reds and yellows and bees and never any issues except ouch!
Well when I was 7 I got a red wasp sting to the eyelid and got a fever from that.

Last red that got me was in the forehead between the eyes. 2014 or 2015.
I got what looked like boils all over my shoulders and it was itchy like you can't believe.
Was about 3 minutes of itchy after the sting then 5 minutes I had to go inside and take a shower..I did not think it was the wasp at the time as I shrugged that off and began crawling through the tomatoes picking them and mosquitoes are in there.

I thought it was them eating on me ,, but I never seen them.
I went inside and took a shower and wife noticed the boils on my shoulders.

About 1/2 the size of a grape hundreds of them.

After the shower it  was itchy on my feet.
Then my hands got itchy.. The palms of my hands..You can't get rid of the itch..

TO the computer I went and looked up anaphylactic shock.

Wife noticed my forehead was swollen and looking like caveman brow.

OK so the cure:
Internet Stated benadryl shot and or adrenaline shot can take care of it.

something  like an EpiPen® (epinephrine injection).

I do not have one of those ..
I have Benadryl capsules ..I chewed up 2 of them as I was to the point of cut off those itchy hands. I took one more with a glass of water not chewed up this time.

My mouth went numb.. which will happen as I have chewed one up before on a dare.

OK so now I needed adrenaline... I went outside and took off running.
I ran 50 yards  to the park ,then took a few quick laps around the playground and ran back home.
Huffing and puffing ..I went back inside and sat down .. after 4 minutes the itching was better .. 10 minutes it was much much better.. 20 minutes and almost gone and now the benadryl was kicking in and I was sleepy.. Took a 15 minute nap and awoke with no symptoms.

Well only 1 symptom the big forehead was still there.
And I had an urge to spray WD40 at a match and cook a paper nest.

A few months later 3 yellow jackets got my hand and arm.
Just love taps from them and no side effects.
Still waiting for the next red wasp sting to see what happens.  




 Posted: Mon Apr 4th, 2016 01:56 PM
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Got stung by a regular old honeybee right square between the eyes on a Sunday Morning moving from an apartment to my new-to-me real single family home driving down Tamiami Trail. 

An hour later I happened to feel an itch on my head and looked in a mirror.  I closely resembled the popular image of a neanderthal man.  Drove to Parents house.

Wednesday afternoon my Mom says she thinks the swelling has stopped. 


I think back then you just died from anaphylactic shock.  I have been stung a few times since but very minor if any reaction.  







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That same thing happened to my mom about 10 years ago. Some sort of hornet had made a nest in one of her holly shrubs. One of those jokers got her on the arm. Her whole body broke out in purple whelts. Drank half a bottle of benadryl syrup and she was fine.



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You guys who have had problems need to be really careful. Reactions can get worse with each incident over time. I had a buddy who had an itch with a wasp sting. A couple of years later he got another and his hand swelled to the point that his wedding ring had to be cut off. A couple years after that he got stung making a delivery. No one home there. He got in his truck and drove to a neighbor farm, some one he knew. By the time he got there his throat was closing up and he struggled to breathe. They rushed him to a hospital. He now keeps an epi pen in the glovebox. RD



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Glad it worked for you. Benedryl is a good drug; I keep some in my car first aid kit.

Since anaphylactic shock effects your blood pressure and your heart rate adversely, I'm not sure the running did much positive for you. Running doesn't produce adrenaline, unless maybe a lion is chasing you. Also running alone in a park is very dangerous, if your tongue would have swollen it could have been impossible to breath.

Life has a pretty high value. EpiPens are somewhat expensive...but worth it. If you have had all the incidents that you have had, I'd carry an EpiPen anytime outside. My son has the problem, and an EpiPen makes a nice present every other year.

Glad you are with us.



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Back in my 20s I was stung by a small hornet in the head. I started to break out in hives and new I was in trouble so off to the ER. A shot of epinephrine and then benydryl saved me: my throat was tightening up as I went through the ER doors.

Hooked up with an allergist who basically 'stung' me with wasp and hornet venom. I was up to the equivalent of 9 stings per visit.

Carried around an Epi-pen for a number of years. I've been stung twice while 'carrying' but never had to deliver the shot. Seems like that allergist knew what he was doing.



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Checked this morning. EpiPen costs, 2 in a box $695 that stings!



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Alot of insurance will cover the majority of the cost for the Epi-Pens. My boy has one and after insurance it runs about 40 or so for two of them. Like Bear says not having one can be a real expensive gamble.

Take care Be safe Poacher.



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Yep, funeral in Memphis for cremation and a steel box, greatly resembling a Hopalong Cassidy lunch box, 800 bucks.  Insurance does not pay. 

I have not inquired If I could substitute a Star Wars, Ford GT40, or Halo lunch box of my own and save a few bucks. 




 



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Many places will allow you to provide container or will just provide cardboard box.



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Don't epipens require a prescription? They did when I carried one, but it's been (quite) a while...



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Read all of this.
Take a couple minutes so sit down.
http://electroshockbite.blogspot.com/

I just got a tazer gun from the surplus store for 19.95.
If you read the above all of it.

You will notice how he stated he modified the tazer gun to have 1 probe on the opposite side of the bite and the other probe in the bite.



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