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Bootpathguy
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PostWed Nov 18, 2020 8:54 pm 
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https://qz.com/1933863/the-shaky-supply-chain-for-life-saving-wasp-venom/

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PostWed Nov 18, 2020 9:47 pm 
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Fascinating article, BPG.  Thanks for sharing it.  Despite being a beekeeper, I had no idea there were anti-venom therapies for insect stings, only anaphylaxis treatment.

One thing about anaphylaxis is that it doesn't always involve developing hives and airway constriction; and a reaction doesn't necessarily come with the first couple stings.  I learned this from one of my friends in bee club.  After beekeeping for several years, he got stung somewhere on the head/face, and then within a half hour or so began feeling sick and his wife called the paramedics. He experienced a precipitous drop in blood pressure and it took 2 epi-pen shots to stabilize him while being transported to the hospital.  That was the end of his hobby.

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PostThu Nov 19, 2020 8:53 am 
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Anne Elk wrote:
a reaction doesn't necessarily come with the first couple stings

I discovered this when a friend who works as a landscaper went into anaphylactic shock from a single yellow jacket sting between her fingers.  She had been stung many times in the past and never had a reaction.

Everyone who spends a lot of time outdoors should know about how anaphylactic shock works.  You do not need to be "allergic" in the traditional sense of having a reaction during an allergy test, sometimes your body just responds in an inappropriate way.

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PostThu Nov 19, 2020 1:06 pm 
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Way back when, working my favorite job as a landscaper in Woodbridge, CT. I waded into a yellow jacket hive without knowing while pruning a hemlock. I was trying to get that one last branch...

Moments later, I felt "weird." Hives and loss of balance. I was in my early 20's and these sensations were subtle.

Luckily the homeowner hadn't left for brunch and I was able to get a ride in the back of his car to the ER.

I have been stung since, even in the eye socket by a bald faced hornet without such a severe reaction.

I did get new Epi pen's but they got recalled right before Covid19... I've never had to use one.
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