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Old 08-22-2015, 05:06 PM
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I'm very allergic to bee stings and must carry an epi pen with me at all times. I also usually carry benadryl. Any other strategies for when neither is available?
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Old 08-28-2015, 09:43 AM
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The big problem with bee sting allergy is the sudden development of anaphylaxis: blood pressure falls precipitously &/or windpipe swells shut. The Epi-pen will prevent that, but it's only temporary (20 minutes or less). It occurs unexpectedly whether it's on your first sting or 101st. It's less likely that anaphylaxis will occur as a late reaction. Benedryl and steroids are used to provide longer term treatment, but take a half hour or so to work. Always use them too even if you've used the Epi-pen. Not much else you can do other than avoid stings.
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