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  • Tue, Jul 02, 2013 - 03:06am


    Adam Taggart

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    Bee sting treatments?

Have any good hom remedies for bee stings?

I just received several at once. The stand supporting one of my hives collapsed and I had to rush outside without full protection to puts things right.

Usually, whatever appendage I get stung on swells up for 3-4 days. Seeing as the bees just stung me on both legs and one arm, I'm going to be looking quite puffy at the 4th of July picnic…

  • Sat, Sep 28, 2013 - 12:58am



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    Sting frequency

I have received only 2 stings in 4 years of hive maintenance due to an abundance of caution.

But unfortunately this is not an ideal pattern because studies show that bee keepers who experience infrequent stings are more likely to develop anaphylactic shock response than bee keepers who are stung very frequently.

So I carry an epipen with me just in case I develop the allergy, and it expires every 2 years. I also carry a cortisone stick topical ointment to treat any stings.

  • Sun, Sep 29, 2013 - 01:59am



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    I no longer really react much…

except with a bit of colorful language and some hand-flapping.  But by 5 or 10 minutes after getting stung, I usually can't remember which hand it was on.  Sometimes easier to tell if it was through my pant leg, but even then, not much swelling or pain shortly afterwards. 

I, too, am a firm believer that stings lessen the pain of an arthritic joint and increase motion somewhat for a day or two.  It's happened too often for me not to believe that it helps. 

Here in MA, two natural sting remedies that are often mentioned are crushed plantain leaves or jewel weed.  Plenty of both reasonably near my hives.

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