Well remember a "normal" reaction is localized redness, inflammation, swelling, itchiness. That's what most people would experience with a bee sting. Working with swarms and wild bees here in west, central TX I come across some downright ornery bees at times and some days get a dozen stings then can go weeks (or months in the winter) with no stings. I've noticed overall my body reacts less than it used to. I now have minimal swelling or redness. I tend to feel itchy and have a little more pinkish area around the sting site but usually the next day the sting site is back to normal. I rarely take Benadryl or anything and if I do it's for sinus congestion and allergies not bee stings. I figure my body can and should process the bee venom and it does. If I get a facial sting I might ice it for 20 minutes until I get bored. This does seem to prevent/minimize inflammation and swelling but that's as far as I go in terms of treating a bee sting (or multiple stings even). I once got an Epi Pen for safety but it's 2 years expired. I carry it still just in case some bystander is facing death from a sting if they're watching a swarm collection or something.I know it varies highly from person to person, but how long did it take you (y'all) to get desensitized to stings?
Erik, near Abilene, TX