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    Default Has anyone noticed their bee stings hurting more around this time of the year?

    Has anyone noticed their bee stings hurting more around this time of the year? It happened to me last year to. I was at church talking to a commercial beekeeper friend of mine and he said the same thing is happening to him. Mainly the hands. It feels like the stingers are getting throw my gloves and into the skin. Can they be pushing their working their way in a little at a time? The stings I took to my legs also seem to be more irritated. Small red blotches around them.

    Just curious as to why and if anyone else has had the same experience.

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    Default Re: Has anyone noticed their bee stings hurting more around this time of the year?

    Intensity of bee stings vary because of pollen sources used by the bees and age of bees. The bee venom is influenced by pollen.

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    Default Re: Has anyone noticed their bee stings hurting more around this time of the year?

    how much do you get stung in a day?

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    Default Re: Has anyone noticed their bee stings hurting more around this time of the year?

    I have always considered the difference a matter of if I got stung by a house bee, nurse bee or guard bee. A guard bee has a much more painful sting while some house bees I hardly notice. I have never heard of it being associated with the pollen they have. I have also never noticed it associated with any particular time of the year.
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    Default Re: Has anyone noticed their bee stings hurting more around this time of the year?

    I noticed they were hurting worse the last couple of weeks. I always take about two and then put my gloves on, LOL but I just put them on the whole time yesterday. Mr. Palmer said that one a week or at least every three weeks is good for your immunity. (but not the pain. LOL)
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    During the season I get 5-20 stings per day. There is no day without a sting. Most stings go into my fingers, some stings in the neck and legs.

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    Default Re: Has anyone noticed their bee stings hurting more around this time of the year?

    They hurt the most when you get stung in the nose this time of year.
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    Default Re: Has anyone noticed their bee stings hurting more around this time of the year?

    some do, some dont. Most never more than a minute or two. After bout 5-6 hrs, some are sore to the touch than that goes away after about another 5 hrs. THEN the itching starts the next day on the ones that really got me good........that goes on for about two days. Thats what drives me nuts!! I'm hoping its the itching that stops. I get stung 2-3 times each time when I go thru 4 hives.

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    Default Re: Has anyone noticed their bee stings hurting more around this time of the year?

    I hear you about the nose stings. OUCH! That was one of my first stings getting into bees. Also the itching is a bummer. I think it's from scratching and getting a mild infection in the wound. I'm going to try lavender oil on them to see if that helps next time. As far as stings go it all depends on the task I'm doing and the bees I guess. The other day I placed 75 queens and not one sting. The same day I opened about 7 hives and two of then exploded. I took about thirty to my gloves and about 5 throw my suit.

    Interesting fact about the pollen. Thank you! Maybe its the canola blooming right now. It's almost done and the star thistles is starting to bloom and right behind that will be the tar weed.

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    I really need to learn to go faster or something. I have 8 hives this year, and have only been stung twice!

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    Default Re: Has anyone noticed their bee stings hurting more around this time of the year?

    Nope. I don't notice such things. I just scrape the stinger off and keep moving forward. No time to notice whether stings in March hurt more or less than stings in June.
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    Default Re: Has anyone noticed their bee stings hurting more around this time of the year?

    Not sur about worse but I had a weird one the week got stung on the back of my wrist and it barely swole no pain except the initial sting but the underside of my arm hurt deep into the muscle all the way up to my elbow no rash or no swelling anywhere

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    Default Re: Has anyone noticed their bee stings hurting more around this time of the year?

    Quote Originally Posted by beesohappy View Post
    I hear you about the nose stings. OUCH! That was one of my first stings getting into bees. Also the itching is a bummer. I think it's from scratching and getting a mild infection in the wound. I'm going to try lavender oil on them to see if that helps next time.
    Maybe try a little honey

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    Default Re: Has anyone noticed their bee stings hurting more around this time of the year?

    Quote Originally Posted by sqkcrk View Post
    Nope. I don't notice such things. I just scrape the stinger off and keep moving forward. No time to notice whether stings in March hurt more or less than stings in June.
    mine hurt about the same no matter what time of year

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    Default Re: Has anyone noticed their bee stings hurting more around this time of the year?

    Preperation H cooling gel works great for the itch wether from a sting by guard bee or lifting heavy supers probably don't want to use the same tube for both though lol

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    Default Re: Has anyone noticed their bee stings hurting more around this time of the year?

    i wonder if there are just more guard bees this time of year so if your stung your more likely to get stung hard by a professional


    I was stung on the wrist at the front of a TBH two weeks ago by a guard bee, saw her come in like a rocket while I was holding a bar and my wrist swelled stiff in an hour or so.

    Stung by a nurse bee today and it hurt so little that I forgot the stinger was in for a half an hour until I closed them up. no swelling at all...

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    Default Re: Has anyone noticed their bee stings hurting more around this time of the year?

    I wouldn't think that there would be more now than later in the year when they have produced a crop and the field bees aren't foraging as much.
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    Default Re: Has anyone noticed their bee stings hurting more around this time of the year?

    Harley:

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    Default Re: Has anyone noticed their bee stings hurting more around this time of the year?

    Quote Originally Posted by beesohappy View Post
    Has anyone noticed their bee stings hurting more around this time of the year? It happened to me last year to. I was at church talking to a commercial beekeeper friend of mine and he said the same thing is happening to him. Mainly the hands. It feels like the stingers are getting throw my gloves and into the skin. Can they be pushing their working their way in a little at a time? The stings I took to my legs also seem to be more irritated. Small red blotches around them.

    Just curious as to why and if anyone else has had the same experience.
    I imagine if you sit and think about it a while you may come to the conclusion that it is not that they hurt more, but since you get stung more as the season progresses you get a bit more used to them and tend to ignore them more. The first few of the season are "shockers" then they get less and less. You do get an occasional one that pumps more venom or stays in longer, or hits a tender spot. Other than that I think as the season goes on, they hurt "less" just because they are more common. The the season ends, you forget about them and start the cycle over next year.

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    Default Re: Has anyone noticed their bee stings hurting more around this time of the year?

    Quote Originally Posted by Letsgoviking View Post
    Harley:
    . Lol what? I use it for stings and all kinds of bug bites that itch. Get the new cooling gel not the white creamy stuff, you don't want to walk around smelling like your grandma lol

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