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Re: [Insect sting] Allergic reaction - Heart failure

O that was a scary story Thanks Got it all went good at the end.

Please take good care of you and thanks for sharing
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Old 25.08.2011, 18:45
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Classic anaphylactic shock, it must have been awful! As you get older your susceptibility and the effects of allergic reactions increases, it is unlikely that it was a more venomous wasp, it is more probable that your body has become more susceptible.
Thanks... I think ...I was told by the nurse that I am still a "young woman". I'll go with her comment

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Jeez that is one badass looking MOFO oh How I HATE, HATE, HATE these stinging, biting, screw up my entire day bug thingys.
Wasps are very agressive and there are millions of the buggers at this time of the year and it will get worse when the weather
starts to turn nasty in a few weeks.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schmidt_Sting_Pain_Index
Just so that you know what to expect.

Not long back I was on the bike just over in France, taking the small roads, I was hit by what must have been a hornet, it dinged off my visor
and fell between my jeans and the bikes petrol tank. I have never been of a bike as fast as on that day, thankfully the thing was facing the other way, however it does tend to double your Vocabulary.
Thanks so much for the link... I don't think I wanna get bitten by most of those beasties in the list!!!

Hmmm... we were considering getting a motorbike to commute to work... Might have to revise that one!

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So what where the tests results?


Do you know what bugs bit you?
I have an appointment next week to get the tests done. The suspense is killing me too!!!

Will keep you posted as more info comes to hand
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Re: [Insect sting] Allergic reaction - Heart failure

Wasps scare the living daylight out of me. They raid my balcony and windows daily.
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Old 25.08.2011, 22:03
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Re: [Insect sting] Allergic reaction - Heart failure

Puddy, so glad you're ok.
I was going to mention an epi-pen but Angela already has.
Do follow up in a few months a cardiologist to make sure everything is back to normal heart-wise.
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Re: [Insect sting] Allergic reaction - Heart failure

Hi All,

OK, so I went to get tested. The admin staff there gave me an appointment that the doctor actually considered too early after being stung... But he went ahead with the standard blood test anyways.

I called and got the results back last week. A rough translation: Mrs. Puddycat, it appears that you may have an allergic reaction to bees and or wasps. (No sh!t Sherlock!). I would like to refer you on to a specialist to go through a course of Ultrarush, a course of venom desensitising injections, 2-3 times a week... for 16 weeks .

I'm still weighing up my options on that one. It seems the desensitising programme could cause me to go in to cardiac arrest again anyways. I don't really do 'medicines' well either. I still have the emergency kit in case it happens again and Winter is fast on its way so the wasps won't be out much longer either.

Anyone had a similar experience?

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Re: [Insect sting] Allergic reaction - Heart failure

While having a deserved reputation for being the skinheads of the insect world, wasps aren't entirely evil - they do eat a lot of caterpillars and other small annoying flying insects like mossies.
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While having a deserved reputation for being the skinheads of the insect world, wasps aren't entirely evil - they do eat a lot of caterpillars and other small annoying flying insects like mossies.
Perhaps for you and me, but in this case it's obviously very serious for Mrs Puddy, so she's got to find a solution to live normally without fright.

I would suggest that you inquire, Puddy, in the US or in the UK and find out what is the normal course of therapy there.
I got bitten on the back of the neck (while sleeping I suppose) by a spider. I was really ill for a while. As I was feeling poorly and was travelling at the time, I happened to go to the doctor in the US. The treatment proposed was completely different from what the doctor here had said. It was a completely different take.
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Hi All,

OK, so I went to get tested. The admin staff there gave me an appointment that the doctor actually considered too early after being stung... But he went ahead with the standard blood test anyways.

I called and got the results back last week. A rough translation: Mrs. Puddycat, it appears that you may have an allergic reaction to bees and or wasps. (No sh!t Sherlock!). I would like to refer you on to a specialist to go through a course of Ultrarush, a course of venom desensitising injections, 2-3 times a week... for 16 weeks .

I'm still weighing up my options on that one. It seems the desensitising programme could cause me to go in to cardiac arrest again anyways. I don't really do 'medicines' well either. I still have the emergency kit in case it happens again and Winter is fast on its way so the wasps won't be out much longer either.

Anyone had a similar experience?

Puddy
Seriously consider getting desensitized. The immune system is such that it recognizes the protein structure of wasp venom as a very foreign item and reacts as you experienced. The bad part is that every time you get exposed to this (ie stung) the immune reaction will be quicker and stronger. Ergo, get desensitized now, in winter, so you will be ready for next year.

Wasps suck.
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Re: [Insect sting] Allergic reaction - Heart failure

Well, I would weigh up the risks against the benefits. In your case, due to the severe nature of your reaction, I would seriously consider it, unless the risk of cardiac arrest is too great (in which case, I would simply apply insect repellant in the summer). I am certain the doctor is able to advise you on this appropriately.

I developed a severe reaction to mosquito (!!) bites in Norway about five years ago, so it's not only wasps...
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It seems the desensitising programme could cause me to go in to cardiac arrest again anyways.

Anyone had a similar experience?

Puddy
Anaphalactic shock...... But you will be monitored anyway for an hour or so after the treatment to observe reaction.

Yes. My husband has been having desensitizing treatment for 5 years now but he still reacts badly to a wasp sting. Looks like he will have to carry on with the treatment probably for the rest of his life.
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husband has been having desensitizing treatment for 5 years now but he still reacts badly to a wasp sting. Looks like he will have to carry on with the treatment probably for the rest of his life.
How often does he get stung???????
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Thanks for all your helpful and encouraging replies

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...wasps aren't entirely evil...
Indeed, it is handy that they eat all the annoying insects that attack our tomato plants.

We were out visiting a BIO farm, letting our little one visit the friendly (and extremely tolerant) cat. At the cafe there we saw a wasp trap, made out of a PET bottle with its funnel cut off, turned upside-down and sealed again so that the insects wander down the funnel and in to the bait (beer or coke etc). They then never find the way back out, and drown. We made one of those at put it outside. It's full.


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Perhaps for you and me, but in this case it's obviously very serious for Mrs Puddy, so she's got to find a solution to live normally without fright.

As I was feeling poorly and was travelling at the time, I happened to go to the doctor in the US. The treatment proposed was completely different from what the doctor here had said. It was a completely different take.
Thanks for the tip, Sky. I'm glad the bite you got wasn't too serious. Can you give more details about what treatment you got?

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Seriously consider getting desensitized...

Wasps suck.
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In your case, due to the severe nature of your reaction, I would seriously consider it...
I developed a severe reaction to mosquito (!!) bites in Norway about five years ago, so it's not only wasps...
Hmmm... I'm definitely seriously considering it. My biggest problem is the time it's going to take me out of my new job

What was your reaction, lakeside?

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Anaphalactic shock...... But you will be monitored anyway for an hour or so after the treatment to observe reaction.
Yes. My husband has been having desensitizing treatment for 5 years now but he still reacts badly to a wasp sting. Looks like he will have to carry on with the treatment probably for the rest of his life.
OMG! 5 years??? And indeed I read that they keep you under observation for 30mins... half an hour is worse though. How can you get any work done? That would stress me out

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How often does he get stung???????
I guess it takes only once
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How often does he get stung???????
Well 2 weeks ago he got stung on a Sunday afternoon and we had to go to the A&E department at the local hospital because he felt dizzy and faint.

Before that it was about 3 years ago. Same thing happened. We live on the edge of a forest and in a farming area you see and there seem to be lots of wasps and wasp's nests around in early autumn.
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Seriously consider getting desensitized. The immune system is such that it recognizes the protein structure of wasp venom as a very foreign item and reacts as you experienced. The bad part is that every time you get exposed to this (ie stung) the immune reaction will be quicker and stronger. Ergo, get desensitized now, in winter, so you will be ready for next year.

Wasps suck.
Just to add an anecdote. My dad got stung by a yellow jacket in 1987 and went into anaphalactic shock. Afterwards he went through the desensitization treatment (I don't know how long - if you want, I can ask).

Last year he got stung while he was home alone. He had his epi pen and grabbed the cordless phone and went out to the front porch. He decided that if he needed to use the epi pen he could call emergency at the same time and since he was out front, they could find him easily.

He didn't use either.

I myself had very bad allergies (mold, mildew, dust, smoke) as a child and had shots for years. Now I rarely even take allergy medicine.
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What was your reaction, lakeside?
Nothing remotely as serious as yours
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