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September 30, 2003

Float like a butterfly

Sting Like A BeeOne of my brothers has been an avid hiker his whole life, yet until recently he'd never been stung by a bee. This summer he's had a couple of disturbing run-ins, which have led to the discovery of a mild allergy to the stings.

When I was a kid I stepped onto the entrance of an underground nest and received 10-20 stings on my legs. It swelled up alot, and itched like crazy, but I didn't seem to have any allergy. But it gave me a lifelong phobia about being stung.

My other brother sends along this link to an article in Slate about a guy who let himself be stung repeatedly in order to evaluate various remedies. Better him than me.

BTW, doing a Google image search for "bee sting" produces some disturbing pics.

Posted by jghiii at September 30, 2003 01:04 PM
Posted by: george on September 30, 2003 02:13 PM

Must be the year for bad bee stings. I have never had an allergic reation to bee stings before this year. I was stung twice on the arm one afternoon by 2 white hornets. I ended up with an emergency visit to the doctor the next morning with an arm that could have passed for a football.

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