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narnia
Sunday, July 11, 2010, 3:27am Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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My DH got stung by a ground bee around 7:00 this evening.  He has been in tremendous pain like never before!!  It's not swollen, so there's no allergic reaction that requires medical attention, however, he is in unbearable pain!!

He's been stung many times before, and the pain went away in a short time, but the pain has not let up, and he is absolutely miserable!!!!!!

Does anyone know of a treatment to stop the pain of a bee sting?

Thanks for your help!!!


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First, I am not a doctor or nurse, I am just passing on what I found on-line. Make sure the stinger is out - look for a black dot in the area where he was stung and get it out if it is still present. Most places recommend scraping the area with a credit card or something similar, but it is most important that it comes out. Ice the area using an ice pack up to 20 minutes every hour, with some sort of cloth betwen the ice and the skin. He can take ibuprofen or acetaminophen to help with the pain. If the pain doesn't go away in a couple of hours, you might want to call a doctor or get him to an ER - it might be a more generalized reaction and he might need epinephrine to quiet things down.This might also be an indication that he is developing an allergy to bee stings and the doctor might want to give him an EpiPen for future stings.
I hope this helps and I REALLY hope he feels better soon. I have had bee stings on the bottom of my foot that lasted only a couple of hours and they are no fun.



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Thanks.  He was stung on his leg as well, and that one is not bothering him at all...so maybe the stinger is not in his leg, but is still in the arm.

I looked at his arm with a magnifying glass and couldn't see anything in the middle.


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I've heard of rubbing it with credit card to loosen/remove stinger and also taping a penny to it to stop pain.  I've never tried it though.
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He looked online and saw using baking soda.  We made a paste and taped a huge band-aid on it.  He says that it's 20% better.  I made him go to bed.  

Hopefully it will be gone by the morning.

Thanks for trying to help!


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Hope he feels better..There is an entire thread here started by Cristina on bee stings
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Oh!  I should look that up!


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Narnia, Oooch!!! Poor hubby!!  Something similar happened to mine, except it was on his lip!!  I was very scared for him then.  You will find lots of good advised in this previous thread:

http://www.dadamo.com/cgi-bin/Blah/Blah.pl?b-encloplib/m-1257576923/s-25/

Hope he finds relief soon!!





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Just wondering what your DH is doing to get stung so much?     I've always taught my children to respect nature and we don't kill bugs unless they're invading the house..at which time I call an exterminator...like the carpenter ants that wouldn't stay out...now they got the message. But my son (see pic below) actually pets bees.. while they're on the bush or flower.  He's never been stung by a bee. When we have spiders in the house..we all gently put them outside.  The Italians believe that it causes bad luck to kill spiders.. BTW, we don't get bitten by spiders either.
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I've heard of rubbing it with credit card to loosen/remove stinger and also taping a penny to it to stop pain.  I've never tried it though.


A penny is WONDERFUL (as long as the stinger is already out)!  Something about the copper neutralizes the venom and it melts away.  The penny will take away the swelling and any redness produced.

Hope he feels better this morning!


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Apis is a homeopathic remedy for insect stings. It is a good remedy to have on hand especially with all the bites he has been getting.
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I hope your husband feels better.  I have bad reactions to bee & wasp stings.  I’ve heard about baking powder but not about he penny.  This forum is such a wealth of knowledge.


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Narnia, Oooch!!! Poor hubby!!  Something similar happened to mine, except it was on his lip!!  I was very scared for him then.  You will find lots of good advised in this previous thread:

http://www.dadamo.com/cgi-bin/Blah/Blah.pl?b-encloplib/m-1257576923/s-25/

Hope he finds relief soon!!


A triple ouch for your DH!!!  How much worse, on the lip!!!!  

My DH is feeling about 50% better today.  He's feeling tired, though, and he's napping again.  I am sooooooooo glad that he's not in the same amount of pain as last night!!

With all the advice on your previous thread, I will give him some coffee and vitamin C.

Thanks all for pitching in to help!!


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When we were little my mom would make a past of baking soda and vinegar.  Let it foam up, and stir till it's the consistence of toothpaste, then spread it on the sting.

Mayflours, you will be pleased to know I've left several spiders in the bathroom corners lately.  They don't travel anywhere and they pretty much stay put, so they don't bother me.  As much.

My 5-y.o. is very allergic to fire ants.  Next time he gets a bite I'll try the penny thing.  Interesting.


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I keep these homeopathic remedies on hand for stings:  ledum palustre, urtica urens, apis mellifica.

There are several websites that will outline the details of the different remedies.  

Child was recently stung by a hornet in the groin area.  First, I gave apis mellifica.  This was not the needed remedy.  The redness/pain and swelling continued.  I gave ledum palustre and within an hour all redness and pain were gone.  GONE!

Itching, redness and general aches began the next day but the at site pain and swelling were still gone.
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He's back to normal now.  No more pain.  Thanks, everyone, for your support!!  


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arnica globuli... then I mix always 50/50 niauli and lavender oil....some higher amounts of vit. C and some cooled lemon balm might do the trick as well... ice might be the contershock     wish him quickest recovery....


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Thanks.  He was stung on his leg as well, and that one is not bothering him at all...so maybe the stinger is not in his leg, but is still in the arm.

I looked at his arm with a magnifying glass and couldn't see anything in the middle.

If you weren't able to find the stinger, chances are he was stung by either a hornet or a wasp.  Unlike bees, they can sting multiple times and don't necessarily leave their stingers behind in you skin.  I was repeatedly stung last year by wasps and had a terrible reaction.  
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Funny how this thread came up. I was stung by a wasp 2 wks ago and having a horrible time with it. When it first happened I put ice on it for the pain. That was not working fast enough so I found some caladryl in the cabinet and put that on which helped. I even went to the doctor after the first week to make sure it was not infected and to see why it was taking so long to heal. I don't remember a wasp sting hanging around for so long.

Within the last couple of days I started pouring peroxide on the area of the sting and this seems to help. There is a black dot on my toe (where the wasp stung) which I was wondering if he left his stinger inside. It's a black dot and very hard skin around this area. I didn't know if I should try to pick this black piece out or not.

I'm just glad the redness, swelling, itching, and pain is finally fading. Hope your hubby is better. I can sympathize with him.
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Apis is a homeopathic remedy for insect stings. It is a good remedy to have on hand especially with all the bites he has been getting.


Apis is a wonderful homeopathic remedy for bee stings!!  Buy some now to have on hand the next time your husband suffers a sting, then take the Apis right away.
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I have a liquid Apis Mel that I carry in my purse.  I have needed it a couple of times when DS got stung by fire ants. DH (always the doubter) used it when DS got stung by a yellow jacket. He didn't believe it would work, but he took my word for it and is now a believer in homeopathy.  "That silly magic water" he calls it.  But it works.


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Super!  Will get some Apis next time we're at a HFS.  Thank you!


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I would like to get some Apis but I couldn't find it in our coop. I typed in Apis and nothing came up. Would there be another name to look for or manufacturer?
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I would like to get some Apis but I couldn't find it in our coop. I typed in Apis and nothing came up. Would there be another name to look for or manufacturer?

Apis Homaccord has a recommendation for insect bites:
http://www.homeopathicsdirect.com/1602020.html

Apis Mellifica is a tincture made from the whole bee...
http://www.remedysource.com/store/remedy_detail.php?remedy_id=145&search_name=




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