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When Was the Last Time You Were Stung by a Bee?

Picnicking on the beach after an open water swim, I was stung by a bee and it still smarts.

The bees were interested in our food and a little aggressive. Flowers, bees typical food source, disappear as the seasons change and bees become more daring in their search for sustenance. Most often, bee stings just cause swelling and irritation, but they can be deadly in the case of an allergic reaction. Yikes.

I hadn't been stung in years, and needed a little refresher course in how to treat the sting. Things like using tweezers to remove a stinger can cause more venom to be released. I was wondering about you all . . .


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Allytta Allytta 8 years
i think it happened to me twice, but one time was very intersting, i had a litle of sweet perfume on, and the bee was annoying flying around me and i just hit it with my hand, it was a bussy street of a metropolitan... and that bitch came back a minute later (probably smelling my perfume) and stung me. they're vindictive.
jkat jkat 8 years
I was stung TODAY... TWICE!! While running outside, I got stung by either two bees, or the same bee stung me twice. Luckily I wasn't far from home, and I don't swell up at the sting site nearly as much as a used too when I was little (my whole forearm would swell up if I was stung on my hand.) STUPID BEES!!
CoralAmber CoralAmber 8 years
I got stung on the lower lip too (while running with my dog)! It swelled up so bad I could see my own lip and it reached the bottom of my chin. I had to go to the emergency room and get two allergy shots (and I'm NOT allergic). The doctor was so nice and said I didn't have to go to school until the swelling went down (two days later). I had to take benadryl. The nurses were mean though, my mom heard them calling me Big Mouth.
lizs lizs 8 years
I am somewhat allergic, and I got stung while driving to work in 2006 (the bee flew up my pant leg and stung me on my thigh...not cool!). My wonderful then-boss was furious that I was late because I had to get some benadryl and aspirin, but she really hit the ceiling when my swollen leg and I went home after lunch.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 8 years
californiagirlx17: i got stung the same way when i was little. and, i thought i would share the story of why i am afraid of bees. When i was 5, my cousin had been told to go outside and play with me (he is 7 years older and didn't want to). We had just landscaped my yard and i was playing on a pile of dirt left over. I was standing on top of it, when a bee started flying in circles arounde me. he told me that if I moved it would sting me to death. While I now know that rationally that is not true, the fear was instilled at that point. lmao. i still pick on him about it and have discovered his fear.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
I've only been stung once and it was when I was 4 or 5, so its been a looong time. Apparently a bee landed on my head and touched the top of it to see what had landed on me, and the bee stung me. I remember it stung a bit, but I didn't think it was as bad as others described it.
blueheron blueheron 8 years
Because I spend a great deal of time outside, I get stung about once a year. Unfortunately, I have had terrible reactions to stings and now need to keep an Epi Pen and benedryl with me at all times. Last summer I ended up in urgent care with IVs and a prescription for Prednizone because my reaction was so nasty. I'm not frightened of stinging insects though, I just try to be aware of where I put my hands and feet.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I haven't been stung by a bee ever, but I have been stung by wasps more times than I'd like to recall. Once when I was about 7, I decided to catch a wasp in a jar. So I went out by our plum tree one fall day and noticed that there was a pile of fermented windfall plums that my dad was planning to compost. It was swarming with wasps and I went over (barefoot) and tried to catch one. I got stung 8 or 9 times on my feet/legs and it hurt like the dickens. Luckily, I had no real reaction to the stings, but I have been VERY careful ever since then.
sldc sldc 8 years
I have never been stung by a bee or wasp. I plant flowers they like and snip herbs right beside them. In fact, I collect some bee stuff like stationary.
fuzzles fuzzles 8 years
When I was about 8 I got stung in the lower lip while riding my bike. Imagine Angelina Jolie's lips....times 10! I went, crying, into a nearby restaurant, where a sweet waitress calmed me down, gave me ice, and popped a dime into the pay phone so that I could call my parents. :)
Ikandy Ikandy 8 years
I havent gotten stung since I was 14...It was soooo painful...Im terrified of being stung again.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 8 years
I am afraid of bees, terrified almost. of anything that stings really, bees, wasps, hornets, jelly fish, etc. I haven't been stung in a while, and i swell, but the last time i was stung was in HAWAII in the ocean! I was swimming in the ocean, and apparently an errant bee ahd fallen into the water, and it's stinger made contact with my shoulder. stupid bee.
SillyGirl SillyGirl 8 years
Ice is the best remedy, relieves swelling and itching for 2 hours and easy to reapply for another 5 minutes.
itsme3683 itsme3683 8 years
I am SO afraid of bees!!!! I've never been stung by one, but it's mostly because I'm like four years old and freak out and leave the room/go inside whenever one's around.
Beaner Beaner 8 years
I was walking in the grass and the little bugger got under my big toe when I was wearing flip-flops. He must have freaked out and stung me. I took off my shoe and wacked him good. Then I put windex on it to stop the pain. I no likey bees.
indieglam indieglam 8 years
True story: I got stung in the crotch area this June. It's funny now but at the time, I was scared I would have a severe allergic reaction because I'm allergic to wasps, hornets, and yellowjackets, hadn't been stung in 6 years, and was unsure whether the 2 years I had of allergy shots for it had actually built up my immunity again. So how does one get stung in the crotch area? I hung my jeans on the clothesline outside to dry the day before. I was putting them on the next morning and was about to zip them up when there was a sudden shooting pain in my crotch area. I immediately tried to take my jeans off when I felt a second shooting pain on my lower thigh. It was a wasp... in my pants. It stung me on the crotch area, just to the left of where the leg joins the body. It hurt so much but luckily I avoided a bad reaction with some Benadryl and ice. So embarrassing.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 8 years
I only got a stung by a wasp once and that was years ago. I put my hand down on a bag while I was looking for something in the attic and there was one on the spot where I put my hand. I didn't even notice at first and thought I just got a sudden sharp pain like I sometimes I do that goes away with a little scratching. I kind of freaked out because I didn't know if I was allergic. It also really hurt.
jessie jessie 8 years
about 2yrs ago. in the inside of my elbow. a wasp got me when i was riding on the back of a motercycle. i swelled up from the elbow down to my fingers. the pharmacist said it was a large localized reaction. ick. hurt like the dickens!!!
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
well my dog got stung recently! Poor guys face blew up and I had to rush him to the animal hospital! It was so stressful! As for me, it's been a while, but I'll never forget being stung right under my eye when I was 10. I looked like Quazimoto. I was also stung in the neck (the bee was in my sweatshirt I was putting on) and in between my toes. Always super sensitive places! BLAH!
Kristinh1012 Kristinh1012 8 years
So weird you have this post up. Me and a friend of mine were both stung last weekend within 20 minutes of one another. We have a huge hive in the wall on our porch we have to call someone to come remove. It happened very quickly. They are very aggressive right now. I actually forgot how bad a bee sting hurts!
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
when i was younger i used to be REALLY allergic to bee stings and i would get terrified any time that there was one around, but i was stung a few times, spent some time in the hospital, and now it's just a bad memory for me. i've been stung a few times and each time my reaction is less severe so i wonder if it means that my body is building up something again the allergy?
superfoxml superfoxml 8 years
I'm deathly allergic..and have a really huge phobia of bees and wasps. Never been stung though, knock on wood. Don't want to die of asphyxiation!! Eek.
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