Originally Posted by verity
three weeks ago my husband was 'swarmed' at the barn -- I drove him to the ER immediately -- NASCAR would have recruited me if they'd seen the drive into town!
he had more than 70 stings -- nurse stopped counting with 32 on one of his legs ---
immediately started him on the epinephrine injections and the 'drip' --- also high dose of steroids ---
he was a very sick man for several days --- really, really scary --
he is still feeling the burning and the itching is awful --
he had not renewed the epi-pen prescription --- but now there is a 'pen' in several places -- in the barn, chicken house, garage, etc. ---
the guy who cleaned out the nest (in the ground at the barn) took five 'hornet bombs' to do it and then he filled the hole in with dirt topped with the kind of concrete that 'sets itself' with water --
there are still a couple of ticked-off yellow jackets in the barn -- buzzing around looking for their former 'headquarters' ---
so -- the message here is to be very careful that there are not more of the wretched things in the area where you were attacked --
glad you are doing so much better -- the doctors said it takes 'about six weeks' for all the venom to be out of your body -- be very careful and DO go to the doctor if you have any weird symptoms ---
also found out that a tetanus booster is a good idea after a yellow jacket sting ---
Wow, that is so horrible! I'm glad he is on the mend. That is so scary.
It has been 2 weeks since I was stung, and now I am much better.
The hives which ended up making the itching of the stings seem like butterfly kisses, have finally receded and the itching is almost entirely gone.
The benadryl worked like a charm, but I was a zombie for the better part of a week. Eventually I adapted a tolerance, but it was so gross and foggy for a few days. I had no idea how expensive allergy medicine had become, not using it normally. I have always kept benadryl, in small quantities in the house because it is effective for pets as well as humans in appropriate doses.
But I had to buy large quantities to keep enough in my system to stave off the allergic response.
Thanks again for everybody's input.
The amonia was great on the sting sites, but made the hives sooo much angrier.
Frozen pennies are a splendid idea for immediate relief.
Thanks for all the advice.
I spent 3 days (super high on benadryl) propped in bed with ice packs on the hives, and it was the only thing that helped, once they had raised.
Hope if this happens to anyone in the future, folks can read this thread and find some ideas for managing their situation.