The keeping of bees is like the direction of sunbeams - Henry David Thoreau -
Treatment for Stings
If a beekeeper has a fairly severe reaction to stings with some degree of pain
and swelling, he may choose to take medication before going to the apiary
Aspirin and anti-histamines are the tablets to consider, but nothing
should be taken without consulting your own doctor first. Only your
GP can advise about the possible interaction with any other medication which is
already being taken.
If a beekeeper is likely to have severe reactions to stings his doctor might
have prescribed an Epi-pen adrenaline injection to carry, for an
emergency. Only the beekeeper or a trained colleague who has been given
prior permission by the beekeeper may use this injection.
Bee sting shock
If a person is stung and shows some distress it is important to follow a few
basic guidelines. Bee sting anaphylactic
shock is rare and you may never see it, but if you know what
to do you can react quickly and calmly to help.