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Wasp sting immunotherapy "cure"

cory

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Sounds good to me, too bad there is a significant time commitment
 

Mick!

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My immunology specialist told me about this treatment, he said that the doses were only available from an American supplier, and that they weren’t exporting it at the moment.

He said he’d call when it arrived.
 

CurSedVoyce

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I think things like this work different in person to person.
Katy never reacted to wasp stings badly till this year and ended up at ER.
Robert and Katy both reacted horribly to poison oak 15 years ago. Katy still does, Robert does not.
Knew a guy that worked in National Parks and never had issue withpoison oak till after he retired at 65 after 40 years of being exposed to it almost daily. Then working on his own property, horrible reaction ended up in hospital.
Me, I seem to react more to stuff I did not as I get older.
I have had two series of allergy injection and skin treatments over my lifetime. Plus other fun drugs and steroids.
I believe it's all up to how your personal immune system works.
 

Page

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Well, I get stung by wasps and I ain’t allergic to shit. Not sure if that proves anything but I like the idea!
 

Tree09

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@Mick, are you allergic to wasps? Is anyone else here? I never was, but then i got stung on the hand and i suddenly was.... it really cut down on me doing trees, and i don't like that fact.
 

No_Bivy

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son is six years in at this point. So far it's worked. We challenge his immunity next sept to see if we can stop
 

No_Bivy

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what do you mean? go to an allergist and have the skin tests done to see which specific bees you are allergic to. Its not homeopathy ...... actual venom that they slowly build up over time. Its a time commitment for sure. Out insurance covers it 100%....have no idea what it actully costs..
 

SeanKroll

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OK. I'll start with an allergist. Didn't know if there was a blood-test given by a GP, as a start.
 

SeanKroll

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Hornets are defensive of their nests. I had to get really close and mess with the rhododendron they were nesting in, pruning it, to get stung.

Yellow jackets don't like nests being mowed over, or having a mini, running on high, driven over their nest. Go figure.

Time before that, the hornets didn't like my groundman walking over the nest that I didn't know that I'd swatted down the day before with a tree.

Before that the wasps didn't like that I moved their nest inside an upturned black, nursery pot.

Jerks!
 

ruel

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Do bees/wasps favor different people?

I swear I've worked in a few swarms bucking up pieces...and dont get bit...
Honey bees definitely do treat people differently. It seems like they key in on your attitude or demeanor. If you're cool and calm they leave you alone. Not sure about wasps though, Think hornets hate everybody
 

theTreeSpyder

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I've had accidentally found self in tree around wasps.
Several times they have followed me across tree as swung.
They got me good one time many stings and came down.
Probably was in some state of chemical shock x adrenaline and pumping wide open all day in heat.
Should a had someone monitoring me then, hard call to make on self and that just isn't how played out.
That was lucky, not smart that day.
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Another time was descending different route than went up, maybe 70' drop, open air to Mother Earth.
Suddenly noticed flurry of swirling puffed rice below, even stopped and figured out WTF it was.
Didn't have cams etc. to look too hard at 30' straight up at end of day. Locked off to Muenter take over for friction hitch and punched thru them hard. Few followed, but more potent than was used to. I think everyone's chem is different and what can desensitize one can bring building intolerance in another. Also, depends on state when start a treat-meant, for this too can turn friend to foe.
 

Jomo

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My most memorable encounter with honey bees in kill mode, happened at Balboa Naval Hospital pruning a line of big redgum eucs.

I was prunin away about ninety feet up, when the dude next tree down in a bucket, cut a big lateral that swiped the lower trunk of my tree, busting a huge beehive in half, releasing thousands of murderous bees in a thick cloud, that rose up and attacked me up top.

This was circa 82, and I was climbin on three strand rope, that quickly coiled beneath my tautline hitch, as hundreds of bees swarmed and stung me as I frantically untangled coils n fought my way down, literally carpeted in bees.

Made it to about three feet off the ground, when the company owner and another climber ran into the swarm and lifted me up enough to unclip and run for my life.

Now I had been stung well over 125 times at that point, and things became quite surreal, as I shed my saddle, a section of bees attacked the saddle covering it, same with my shirt. I remember being amazed as they chased me down hallways and into a restroom, I had to kill every bee in there before finally sitting down and catching my breath.

Both the owner and climber that rescued me were stung a half dozen times each.

But the drama wasn't quite over yet, immediately upon leaving the restroom they attacked again, so
I ran towards the parking lot for the safety of my truck, but had to divert to the nearby pool, covered in bees again.

I dove into the pool, and looking up underwater saw a carpet of bees floating on the surface above me, leaving me no choice bot to swim some distance underwater before rising up and taking air. This went on 3-4 times before I steeped out n ran to my truck, then killed every that followed me in.

I rested a while, then drove to the nearest ER, I had to pull over n puke on the freeway once, then made to the ER, where they meticulously picked hundreds of stinger tails outta my scalp and shot me up with antihistamines or somethin.

This of course my first week climbin for that outfit.

Now I have a beesuit.

Havin that much bee venom in yu's like snortin two grams of fine Peruvian flake!

Must be a second cousin to good ole adrenaline!

Jomo
 

Jomo

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They fortunately only go kamikazee when yu fug with their hive.

They're amazingly tolerant n passive when collecting nectar.

There's an art to prunin palms in blossoms n bees. Just moving real slow n slothlike allows you to cut off blossom fruit bunches with hundreds of bees on them without being stung.

I bumped into three bee jobs in a row this year, successfully relocating one hive, and preserving the other hives in trunk by topping the dead trunks above each hive in my bee suit.

I'll take honey bees over friggin hornets all day long!

Jomo
 
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