This sting hurts

I am having a large, local reaction (according to WebMD) to the bee sting in my index finger I got yesterday. I took my glove off for about 10 seconds, and a bee dive bombed me and stung me around my knuckle.

I have noticed that one colony is definitely more aggressive than the other. In beekeeping class, the more experienced bee keepers talked about that colonies could have totally different personalities and our two are very different.

Anyway, one of the bees from the aggressive colony got me good yesterday, and several hours after the sting, my finger and hand started to swell. Today, I also have the bruising and blistering.

It looks like the beginning of a flesh eating disease attack.

Anyone else have reactions like this? I’m treating with ice, ibuprofen and antihistamine. Anything else?

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9 thoughts on “This sting hurts

  1. If you have not yet been to the doctor, please go and have this examined. Swelling and redness are common and we recommend over-the-counter cortisone cream for that. But that dark bruised appearance looks worrying.

    • Thanks for the reply. I did go to the doctor yesterday. He said that sometimes the venom will weaken the capillary walls and cause the bleeding/bruising. He thought that there were indications of secondary infection so I’m on antibiotics and steroids. It looks 1000% times better.

      I have my Epi-pen ready and will just have to be more vigilant about keeping my gloves on.

      Interestingly, it doesn’t hurt. Other stings have hurt a lot worse but haven’t looked nearly as bad.

      • Glad it is healing well.

        Is the aggressive hive hot enough to consider requeening? Although some beekeepers claim that hotter hives tend also be more productive we have not found any conclusive study to that effect.

      • It’s a brand new colony that we just got so I don’t think it’s ready to requeen. Good thought. And I’m a brand new beekeeper so all ideas and suggestions are welcome!!

  2. When I wrote a post about growing garlic I included this web site… http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/5452/12-natural-bee-sting-remedies
    1. Garlic cloves: This one is quite popular and is touted as one of the best for the pain of a sting. Crush a garlic clove to release the garlic juices and press it against the sting.
    I haven’t tried any yet so I can’t really vouch for them.
    Last year when I was collecting a swarm I got six stings on my right hand. It blew up just like yours. Just curious, did you notice their alarm pheromone? I KNOW that banana smell very well.

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