Re: What would be considered an allergic reaction to a bee sting?
thought I'd throw my two cents in here as well. though it's down to 1 cent now because sqk stole my thunder. That''s ok though because he's right in his earlier posts.
In regard to epi-pens, I don't recommend that all beekeepers carry one. first, it's illegal to have one if you don't have a prescription for yourself.
Second, people tend to get a little over-enthusiastic if they have access to things like epi-pens and might use them incorrectly.
Thirdly, I do recommend that all beekeepers get trained in how to use an epi-pen as you can be a big help to someone who does need and have an epi-pen. it is difficult in many cases for someone to inject themselves. having someone present who knows it's proper use can maybe save their life.
Which is something else I would like to recommend. I suggest to all new beekeepers who come to learn at the conservation bee yard to always have a "bee buddy", an assistant, someone to help out. It's always good to have an extra set of hands around and it's very good to have someone who can help or go get help if something unexpected comes up (like the 10 year beekeeper who finds that suddenly, they are allergic).
having a bee buddy not only is a help, but it gives you someone to share the experience with. someone to verify that you saw what you saw (those crazy bees did what?) and did what you did (that crazy beekeeper did what?)
enjoy the bees
No, I am NOT a bee "Keeper". Anything I post is just my opinion. Take it easy and think for yourself.