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post #1 of 36 Old 04-15-2012, 08:06 PM Thread Starter
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Uncommon bugstrike

I was riding today when I had a bugstrike on my left forearm. I looked down to see where the splat was and was met with a wasp face looking up at me. The head was sliding down my jacket from my sleeve. I was concerned where the body would be so I started shaking my arm up and down trying to shake it out if it was in my jacket arm. I didn't feel anything in there so kept riding. About a quarter mile away, the wasp body in my jacket arm started stinging me. I pulled over and removed the body. I ran it over as I left. Thinking back, the wasp head did kind of have an "I'll get you for this" look to it. It got me at least 3 times and perhaps more if he scored the same spots twice.

Soon after, I felt like I had a lump in my throat, my tongue went numb and my heart felt racy so I cut my ride short and went home. I felt better after only an hour but it was strange. I was never allergic before and get stung a few times a year doing yard work. It was only a paper wasp. I came home and did some research and discovered that many allergies like insect allergies are not hereditary and that the more I am stung, the more likely I am to develop allergies to them. Yikes.
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post #2 of 36 Old 04-15-2012, 08:18 PM
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How about gauntlet gloves that cover your sleeve ends? Not so cool in summer but that would prevent arm incursions.

I have also heard that you can have a nasty reaction if you have never had reactions before but has been a long time since the last bite. Perhaps the occasional bite (one at a time!) would be a good thing.
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You should have immediately have gone to a walk-in clinic or the E. R. If your tongue and maybe throat had swollen more, you could not breath. the racing pulse was very worrisome. Ask your medical provider if you should carry (always!) an antidote.

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Benadryl is carried by some riders to keep airways open in case of a bad reaction. Anybody know if this works?
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post #5 of 36 Old 04-15-2012, 09:17 PM
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You had better start carrying an Epipen, man. I do. Any doc will prescribe it for you based on your story.

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post #6 of 36 Old 04-16-2012, 03:46 AM
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I got a bee down the front of my jacket last summer, must have looked odd riding along beating my chest. At least it wasn't a Sydney funnel web spider or a banded crait...oh sorry, that's Australia:biggrinjester:
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post #7 of 36 Old 04-16-2012, 04:56 AM
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Scary stuff, better talk to your doctor.

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post #8 of 36 Old 04-16-2012, 05:53 AM
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Ever had a bee in your helmet Scary stuff as the previous poster replied go see your doctor.
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post #9 of 36 Old 04-16-2012, 08:25 AM
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Scary stuff for sure! I'm a beekeeper and have been stung hundreds of times so I'm used to that. Last year though, I was riding in town with my visor open and lodged a wasp of some sort (It was a long all black one) next to the side of my head and helmet. It stung me but I didn't think much of it. 5 minutes later I collapsed in a restaurant (knocking over tables and chairs, wish I had surveillance video) unconscious. The EMT couldn't find a pulse and my eyes were dilated. My dad did compression's and revived me, but I felt as if I were paralyzed and could hardly breath. The Wambulance shot me up with Benedryl and who knows what else. Long story short, try to ride with your visor down, at least in the more bug prone months, and carry Benedryl. If you're out in the middle of nowhere and someone can't get to you in time, you're V-strom will have to drive itself home.

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post #10 of 36 Old 04-16-2012, 10:26 AM
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Just out of the Army back in '72 I was riding my RD350 at a brisk pace on a mountain road in Oaxaca, my trusty field jacket with sleeves open to catch the breeze so that I was ballooned out like the Michelin Man. Hey, look at me, air conditioned!

Of course, I soon ran through a nice-sized swarm of bees and got an unknown -- but no doubt impressive -- number up my sleeves and into the jacket. And naturally they congregated at the back and began stinging me through my t-shirt to display their displeasure at being separated from their swarmly comrades.

It's surprising how long it takes to get stopped from 70 mph when your back is on fire.

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