I Got Stung 50 Times By Bees & I’m Allergic – Story


Bees. Flying insects. Members of complex social colonies centered
around a queen. Extremely important to pollination. There are over 16,000 known species of bees. One of the species, the western or European
honey bee, makes honey and beeswax. Unfortunately honey bees are my personal life
long nemesis. I’m part of the just over 3% of American
adults who are allergic to bees. Recently, I got stung and this is what happened. Actually this is the second time in my life
I’ve been stung. When I was young, I messed with a beehive
and got stung by several bees–yeah, I was kind of a dumb kid. Researchers have determined that many people
experience cumulative bee sting sensitivity. Meaning that for many people the more times
they are stung, the stronger their body’s reaction. Death via bee sting is possible, mostly on
a second or later occurrence of being stung, but fairly rare. In the US between 2000-2017, the largest number
of fatalities from hornet, wasp, and bee stings occurred in 2017 with a high of 89 deaths. So even if you originally weren’t allergic
to bee stings, you can become allergic to bee venom. That’s right, venom. When a bee stings you, it’s actually injecting
you with a toxin. Honey bee venom is made up of toxic proteins
and peptides, the major component being a protein called melittin. It also contains 50 other identified compounds
including hyaluronidase, acid phosphatase and histamine. A number of these components have significant
toxic effects on many different animals. The complex nature of venom may be due to
the wide variety of predators which might attack a bee colony. Different components of the venom seem to
be vital in repelling different species of attackers. Honey bee venom is cytotoxic and hemotoxic
meaning that it destroys cells, red blood cells in particular; large doses of venom
can disrupt blood clotting. Whether you’re allergic to bee venom or
not, when stung, chances are you’ll feel a temporary burning pain during the sting. Most people develop a local reaction, usually
swelling, soreness and redness around the sting site that will slowly dissipate within
a few hours to the next several days. Even if you’re not allergic, being stung
multiple times in a short time period can cause nausea, dizziness and even seizures
due to the quantity of venom injected. Being stung on a more sensitive part of the
body, such as the face, or neck can produce a heightened immune response rather than getting
stung on the arms and legs. While bees, yellow jackets, bumblebees and
hornets all sting, their venom is not the same. Bee stings tend to be acidic, whereas wasp
stings are alkaline, so your body’s reaction to a bee sting may be very different from
that of a wasp sting. It’s possible to be severely allergic to
the venom from a bee or even a particular species of bee and only be mildly allergic
or have just a normal local reaction to a sting from another species of bee or wasp. Adult honeybees come in 3 varieties: a queen,
drone and a worker. All worker bees are female, though they lack
reproductive capabilities. They gather pollen, feed larvae, and maintain
and defend the hive, while queens are responsible for producing new bees. The job of drones or male bees is to mate
with the queen. Only females bees are capable of stinging,
though queen bees never sting in defense of the colony. Instead, young queens will sting and fight
to the death against rival queens to ascend to rule the colony. Technically, honey bees are capable of stinging
multiple times like other winged stinging insects such as hornets. However, the honey bee’s stinger is barbed. When the victim’s skin is thick, such as
a mammal’s, the barbed stinger wedges in the victim’s skin while attached to the venom
sac which tears loose from the bee’s abdomen and leads to its death in minutes. Honey bee stings release pheromones that attract
other nearby bees to come and attack to protect the hive. The pheromones actually smell similar to bananas. For safety, researchers have suggested that
beekeepers not eat the fruit before working because the beekeepers’ banana scented breath
can rile up bees. Today I walked outside, checked the mail and
bam! some random bee let me have it in the arm. Upon penetration of the stinger in my skin,
the bee’s smooth muscle surrounding the venom sac automatically contracted, thus further
embedding the stinger. Simultaneously the bee squeezed the venom
sac injecting its contents deeper into my arm tissue due to the burrowing of the stinger. 90% of a bee’s venom is injected into the
victim during the first 20 seconds after the stinger makes contact with the victim’s
skin. Immediately, the sting site on my arm turned
red and began to swell. I removed the stinger by pinching it out with
my finger tips. I quickly began to experience immunologic
anaphylaxis or to have an acute, multiorgan system reaction caused by the release of chemical
mediators from my white blood cells to something my body determined to be an allergen agent. Externally, I began to sweat, my pulse weakened
and I got dizzy. My mouth began to itch and my chest grew tight. My throat passage swelled, becoming narrow
and making me wheeze. Internally, the bee venom interacted with
my B cells which are responsible for creating the antibodies of my immune system. Antibodies that are created in response to
an allergen, are known as immunoglobulin E or IgE. To counter the allergen, the IgE attaches
itself to mast cells. Mast cells then release immune molecules known
as cytokines. Cytokines are primarily used for cellular
communication. The cytokines communicate with other white
blood cells, recruiting them to come help combat the allergen. Those white blood cells repeat the activation
and recruitment of more white blood cells. The cycle repeats over and over. Meanwhile the activation of the mast and immune
cells has caused the release of histamine which widens my blood vessels. When blood vessels are wider, the white blood
cells can move quickly to the site of the allergy invasion. Throughout my entire body, blood vessels widen
causing a drop in blood pressure. As a result, my circulatory system began to
have trouble distributing oxygen. Also histamine causes my blood vessels to
leak, which leads to swelling throughout my body. Especially dangerous, the release of histamine
also causes bronchospasms or the main passages to my lungs to randomly, involuntary contract,
making it difficult to breathe. At the same time, the swelling in my throat
narrowed my air passages, making for a life threatening combination. So basically, the white blood cells in my
body sensed an intruder. They overreacted and call their homeboys to
defend against the invader, their homeboys called even more homeboys, on and on, thereby
accidentally disrupting my other vital body functions during the process. I immediately injected myself in the outer
thigh with a shot of epinephrine or adrenaline which constricts blood vessels, counteracting
the actions of the histamine. Epinephrine also causes bronchodilation, or
opens up the airways, making it easier to breath. The outer thigh is the best site for injection
because it’s one of the body’s biggest muscles with a large blood supply. Administration of an adrenaline shot into
the muscle provides a faster dissipation and absorption of the medication. Especially the outer thigh is optimal, because
the skin tends to be thinner there and there’s less fat on the muscle. Along with the shot, I also took an oral dosage
of diphenhydramine which is an antihistamine that neutralizes and reduces the effects of
histamine in the body. Each allergic person experiences anaphylaxis
differently, the symptoms are wide ranging from vomiting, to hives, to confusion. Anaphylaxis most commonly affects the skin,
respiratory, cardiovascular, and gastrointestinal systems. The severity of the response can be affected
by the quantity and concentration of the injected bee venom. Although anyone can have an allergy, people
with asthma and eczema tend to be at an increased risk for anaphylaxis. A friend drove me to an emergency room where
I was given an IV to help restore my circulatory system. I was also monitored for the next several
hours in cause of a protracted, recurring or biphasic anaphylactic reaction. Two days later I was completely back to normal,
minus a sore chest from wheezing and some swelling at the sting site. It’s amazing how a small incident such as
bee sting can set off a life threatening situation. My doctor suggested that I do venom immunotherapy
in case of future stings. Venom immunotherapy or allergy shots usually
contain purified venom. The first few shots contain very small amounts
of venom. The amount is gradually increased until the
patient can tolerate the amount of venom in two or more stings without having the symptoms
of an allergic reaction. However, venom immunotherapy doesn’t work
for everyone. Considering all the trauma I went through,
I can’t be mad at bees. Bees are vital for a healthy environment,
produce delicious honey and help grow our crops. Do you have an allergy? What are you allergic to? Let us know in the comments! Also, be sure to check out our other video
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100 thoughts on “I Got Stung 50 Times By Bees & I’m Allergic – Story

  1. If I remember right I heard you shouldn't grab a stinger to get it out because that will give you more of the venom instead you should use a card to push it out so it doesn't give you more venom

  2. Did you know that according to studies, Bee is “The Most Important Living Being on the Planet”

    Yeah it’s not you Hooman 😂

  3. Did you know that according to studies, Bee is “The Most Important Living Being on the Planet”

    Yeah it’s not you Hooman 😂

  4. There's a face care product (I think it's face wash) that's main ingredient was Bee Venom. I didn't buy it (because…no), but it was off putting to see.

  5. I am not allergic to bees but I am badly allergic to wasp and I got stung when I was little and had to stay overnight similar what u have.

  6. I’ve never in my life been stung by a bee, but I ABSOLUTELY HATE THE SOUND THEY AND ANY OTHER BUZZING INSECT MAKES!!! I have no idea why, but I just do!

  7. So I was at the pool when I was little and there was a dead bee so I accidentally stepped on it and I got stuck because bees still have there instincts to sting and that's how it stung me

  8. I had a bee fly into and sting me inside my ear as a child- it was my first ever sting too. It was absolutely excruciating. After that I stayed away as mucb as possible for a couple years- though I was still stung a couple times during this period; once simply by stepping on a dying bee that I didn't see on yhe ground. But after getting a little older and learning more about them I've been around them many times and never bern stung again. Remaining calm, no quick movements, etc has been very helpful.

  9. How the person who made time knew what time it was that day?, he was probably drinking juice i geuss thats how the Minute Maid

  10. Oh no, no, not the bees! NOT THE BEES!! AAAAAAAAARRRGH! OH, THEY'RE IN MY EYES! MYYYYY EYES! AAAAHHHHH! AAAAAGGHHH!

  11. If you're allergic to something, what was the most extreme reaction you had to endure and how did you resolve it?

  12. I'm allergic to the sun when I see it my eyes go red and start hurting so bad one time in the summer I couldn't blink becouse of pain

  13. Wait, if a wasps sting is akaline and a bees is acidic, does it mean if they both sting in the same spot, it will be neutralized?

    Haha.

  14. I put my hand and opened my moms car door when a bee on the handle stung me
    The motion of my hand opening the door idk caused the bee to miss with just a extremely minor sting just in the surface of my skin not even really inside of it I went about my day as normal interesting few moments

  15. I can understand why you'd dislike or be wary of them if allergic 🙁 At least except a few species (like the African "killer" bees.) most bees are non aggressive unless you disturb their hive or they're provoked or think you're a threat to them. Wasps on the otherhand…they're just spiteful sting happy creatures. I have eczema and used to have asthma as a child but not allergic to stings. I am allergic to certain pollens though.

  16. I’m allergic to wasps I found out on a bus when it stung my hand and I walked round with a hand looking like a balloon I went to a pharmacy and they told me and gave me tablets to reduce the swelling

  17. When I was on the bus going home from school I was stung in the neck and IT HURT A LOT I dont know what a bee was doing in the bus but the windows were opened…

  18. i got stung 8 time by wasps and barley hurt just felt like a burning pinch and little swelling. but i dont have an allergy towards em which im lucky because my dad said hes very allergic

  19. I never got stung by a bee, wasp or hornet. However yesterday I tried to help a bee survive but unfortunately it died.

    (By the way I never ever saw a hornet in my life, I’m Britihs)

  20. Well,i dint really know,i never got stung,and im trying to keep it that way just in case,i think I am,since I suffer from allergies and my guess is,if your allergic then u have a immune system that cant handle a sting,and i get sick easily,sooo there a chance i am allergic

  21. I got stung by 3 wasps in a relatively short amount of time and soon after was stung by a bee. It was nothing compared to the wasps.

  22. Know how you feel, I'm not allergic to bee stings as have been stung a few times by honey/bumble bees but am allergic to wasp stings. Got stung a few years ago just above one of my eyes and within a couple of hours my eye had swollen shut and was so big that a lot of my co-workers thought I'd been punched in the face. In the summer always carry antihistamines with me just in case.

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