rainbowgardener wrote:I'm pretty highly allergic to bee stings. Not anaphylactic shock, but without treatment, it will swell up like crazy and hurt for a week. Plantain used immediately takes care of it for me very fast.
I'm going to have to pin ALL my hopes on plantain, should I ever be stung again. I *am* anaphylactically allergic to all of them: honeybees, bumblebees, yellow jackets, etc. As a child and as an adult, so I didn't "grow out of it."
I always have Benadryl with me.
Aha! enlightened readers will say. Doesn't this woman even know
about EpiPens??? They can save your life!
Yes, they can. If
you're not also (anaphylactically) allergic to the benzo alcohols, the very preservatives used for the EpiPens. I discovered this little fact when I was injected with (apparently preservative-free) Benadryl in May 2002 to have a facial lesion biopsied. Despite the Benadryl, my face swelled up. It took three days, so the Benadryl was making a hard fight of it, but nevertheless....
The dermatologist had her physician assistant call the makers of the single-use injection to report an "adverse reaction" and to query the ingredients of the injection. Clearly, since I had taken Benadryl for years to ward off other allergic reactions (plant exposures, mostly), the diphenhydramine wasn't the reason. And it was the *only* ingredient listed.
Benzalkonium chloride...but "in an amount too small to matter"! was the remark of the manufacturer. The P.A. handed the phone to the doctor in my presence after reporting this staggering statement to us. The doctor just about went through the phone to New Jersey (mfr's offices).
So I am hyper-aware of bumblebee nests in the ground, honeybee flying routes to the lavender and other plants, and the presence (only occasional, thank all powers) of yellow jackets on my plants. My very life depends on it.
Gotta get some more plantain growing. Showed the plants that are here to DH and told him they are "good plants" and not to take them out. "They're good for insect bites and they can hold the ground against Yellow Star Thistle and the other invaders," I said.
Sunset Zone 17, USDA Zone 9