Wasp sting?

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  1. Stompsy

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    Did your hand swell up a lot?
     
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    From memory, no. It was just awfully bloody sore for a while. However it would seem that my only reaction to wasp stings is pain. I was riding a motor bike across Australia, somewhere east of Wilmington SA, and the temperature was in the 40’s. So I had my Belstaff jacket unbuttoned at the top to let some air flow into my upper chest. I was sitting on 120 km/h at the time and all of a sudden I felt this searing pain above my sternum. Then again and again and again, at which point the penny dropped. I had a wasp down the front of clothing. I don’t know how many more times it stung me before I put it out of my misery, but it was a few. I had no other reaction other than pain – and of course looking like a one-armed gorilla beating its chest at 120 km/hr on a large motorbike.

    Different people react differently to the same wasp toxin and can experience a wide range of reactions for identical stings. There are many different wasp species. Then you have consider how much toxin was injected, how deep and exactly where in the body. So comparing different peoples’ reactions to wasp stings is probably of limited value.

    The amount of swelling you experienced was a large reaction. However, the fact that it has begun to reduce within 24 hours is a good indicator that it unlikely you have problem with wasp toxin. But I am not a doctor and it is really not up to me make pronouncements on that. If the doctor you saw was happy enough to send you home then it would seem that they did not feel there was an underlying issues either. It might be worth a phone call to confirm that (if not already said) just for your peace of mind.

    I do sympathise. It is a most unpleasant and disconcerting experience that can be quite unsettling. From what you have relayed to us, I am comfortable to provide reassurance that you can relax and not worry that your reaction was abnormal. Take heart from that, and take care.

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    Mike
     
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    Thanks so much for the info, stories and advice. :)
     
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    You are more than welcome. I wish I could more.
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    G'day @Stompsy. How's the sting site doing today?
     
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    Hey :) The swelling has mostly subsided but its still tender and hot... I'm hoping that will also subside over the next few days too.

    But overall, much much better than it was. :)

    Thanks for asking!
     
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