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  1. #21
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    The bees are older in the spring too, could have something to do with it. I don't really know why, but the only time I can remember getting bad localized reactions is with spring stings.

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    I'm not certain, but I would suspect the reason for greater reactions to spring stings is because after going through the winter without getting stung, your resistance to the effects of venom has declined. Just a thought

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishdude123 View Post
    My vet suggested using DMSO. It is available at the feed store for horses. You will taste garlic in your mouth and you don't want to put it on very thick or it will burn your skin but it does help with the swelling.
    DMSO is something to be extremely careful with as it will act as a transdermal carrier of most cotaminants
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    From what one sting therapist said at one of our beek meetings, the reaction/swelling progressively worsens after each sting. And continues until immunity is reached at which time the reactions stop.

    Very shortly after getting into beekeeping, I opened a hive one day and zigged when I should have zagged and got a couple a dozen stings. So I got all my shots at once.

    I can't begin to even think about how many times I've been stung? And probably a fraction of what some have had. But I have never had much of a reaction to any thankfully! But still, some sites are worse than others for swelling. Under the arm is one of those. Around tendons is another and usually the most painful, both in terms of immediate and sustained from swelling in a joint for instance.

    Most stings for me never tend to last typically no more than 2 or 3 minutes, less time than it takes to find anything to put on them. I do know that the black bees seem to carry more of a punch in their venom than the Italians do. But the duration and reaction doesn't seem to be any longer.

    I've never used DMSO for bee stings or swelling more precisely. I know it helps swelling and I've been using it for a while for joint pain "the wonder cure!" I know how well it works for pain, but have no idea about reduction in swelling. It is supposed to be diluted to 70 to 90 percent with water before application to be most effective. It can also be purchased on the web and is reasonably cheap to buy.

    Todes is right, it is a solvent and can be contaminated easily. The application area should also be cleaned before it's applied as well to remove any contaminates that normally wouldn't penetrate the skin. DMSO and whatever it's carrying will penetrate skin and tissue very rapidly. And one reason it's popular with folks that use herbs and EO's for various reasons.
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    yesterday I was pretty much back to a normal arm.

    Stay turned for the next time I am stung, to get the followup report. Will the reaction be worse? Better? We shall see.

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