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bodger

Very frightening.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-east-wales-11776099
Rick & Carol

could be a different 'type' of bee - they do have a tendency to rob neighbouring hives on occasion but it's fairly obvious when this is happening i would have thought. When we did our course  a bunch of wasps decided to raid an open hive and it was quitea violennt retaliantion by the guard bees
dtalbot

My uncle kept bees in his youth but gave up after repeated stings built up his sensitivity to them to point another would have been serious, potentially fatal.
lottie

I'd been stung several times with no problem,then a couple of years ago I had a sting that I had a severe reaction to. I now take a loratidine tablet every morning in the season and carry an epipen when tending my bees. I had been badly stung through gloves taking an "old" swarm that had turned iffy the month before my bad reaction to just one sting and was told you could  become sensitised after being o.k. for years.
Lorrainelovesplants

Yep, I too have been stung by bees and have localised reaction to stings, which lasts weeks.  I have anti-histamine cream and pills in my beesuit pocket.

Was told that to get an epipen you need a prescription.

Dont know about the 'other types of bees' bit - think this has just been one of those occassions where the sting has caused a huge reaction.  Under the eye is very close to sinus cavitys and all are connected to the throat.

I know seasoned keepers who just have one sting too many - for each person its different.
lottie

You don't need an epipen for localised reactions--it wouldn't help anyway. They prescribe them if you've had anaphylactic shock as the result of a sting needing hospital treatment, and you just renew them every year. Of course the sensible thing is to give up keeping bees.
Lorrainelovesplants

Give up bees?  NEVER.

Love them.....and they are so important.
lottie

Lorrainelovesplants wrote:
Give up bees?  NEVER.

Love them.....and they are so important.


That's what I told the doctor
ClaireK

lottie wrote:
Of course the sensible thing is to give up keeping bees.


Thats what i had to do after both my arms swelled up to twice their normal size, i actually sat in with the doctor watching the swelling travel up my arm, very scarey.  I didnt want to give them up but decided it was for the best.  Shame as i had been stung numerous times before and not had a reaction. My eldest daughter got stung in the middle of her forehead and her whole face swelled to the point that she looked like someone had taken a baseball to her face minus the bruising!  After those two episodes i decided bee-keeping was not for me. I would love to keep them again but am not going to risk it

Claire

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