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dougtamjj
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I got stung yesterday afternoon by what I think was a jack spaniard wasp. Didn't really see what stung me. I got stung on the upper right arm and now my arm is very swollen and hot to the touch from my shoulder to wrist.

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Topic starter Posted : May 1, 2010 4:05 pm
poorthang
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Don't wait for the Doctor office go to the hospital....any infection can be serious QUICKLY and irriversable...Listen to your body not your head..(tu)

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Posted : May 1, 2010 4:21 pm
dougtamjj
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The question is can I get there with the triathlon road closures.

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Topic starter Posted : May 1, 2010 4:30 pm
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Dr. Prasad is open on Saturdays, but I think only until noon? His number is 718-7788 if you want to try. Good luck!

Lisa

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Posted : May 1, 2010 4:34 pm
LuckyGirl56
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Triathalon road closures are tomorrow (Sunday).

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Posted : May 1, 2010 4:38 pm
antiqueone
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Go to the hospital NOW

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Posted : May 1, 2010 5:51 pm
dougtamjj
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Ok, I went to the ER. They put me on steroids. They were not too concerned as I was not having breathing problems though I did after I got stung. I am supposed to use benadryl for the itching but I am not itching only pain. My arm is very swollen and red. The practitioner I saw said if it got any redder to come back tomorrow. One nurse I saw told me to make a paste of vinegar and baking soda. I laughed and asked didn't that make a volcano. If you mix those two things you have a chemical reaction. She didn't respond. So tonight my boys are joking my one fat arm and one skinny arm and I am taking asprin and benadryl. The steroids have very specific instructions about how to take them so the instruction start at the beginning of the day so I will wait until the morning to start those. My arm feels like it is about to pop and looks like a fat sausage and throbs like a toothache. Hopefully it will go back to normal tomorrow.

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Topic starter Posted : May 2, 2010 12:17 am
popflops
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I'm so sorry to hear about your arm! Do take the Benadryl though, even if you don't have itching. My husband always has the same reaction to any sting, and the Benadryl does provide anti-inflammatory relief. Look up the steroids online too, because the one I took last week actually said to take all 6 the first day, regardless of what time of day it is. Good luck, and please keep us posted. 🙂

Lisa

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Posted : May 2, 2010 12:31 am
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Tammy,

You are planning to go through the night without starting the treatment?? Can't you adjust the "start" time to fit you need?

Good luck and take care. I would add (just as a precaution because I'm a mother)...have an emergency plan for tomorrow in place, because of the road closures...just a thought.

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Posted : May 2, 2010 12:31 am
dougtamjj
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Thanks popflops and Juanita. I reread the instruction for the steroids and they do say take all six for the first day regardless at what time you receive them. I took 3 and will set my alarm and take the other three in the middle of the night. I did take the benadryl as well and feel quite loopy. My emergency plan for tomorrow is my motorcycle. Thanks again.

Tammy

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Topic starter Posted : May 2, 2010 12:47 am
Juanita
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Loopy on a motorcycle...:@) Enjoy your evening.(tu)

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Posted : May 2, 2010 12:50 am
dougtamjj
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Hubby will drive Juanita. Thanks enjoy your evening as well.:-)

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Topic starter Posted : May 2, 2010 1:23 am
poorthang
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Glad to hear you went to the ER and got some treatment....pay careful attention to the redness and swelling....my early concern was if infections enter the bone you are in grave danger of loosing that limb..very serious stuff...say your prayers and get some rest !!!

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Posted : May 2, 2010 1:49 am
piaa
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Hope you are feeling better today, thank goodness you started your meds 🙂

Hubby was stung twice by one of those little buggers - on the ear and side of his face and it dropped him to his knees in pain (he had been stung before on the arm but the face was worse) and had the same reaction - his ear swelled up about twice the size, throbbed and was very red but (thank goodness) no problem breathing as he was in the middle of a hike

Hope all is good.

Pia

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Posted : May 2, 2010 12:33 pm
poorthang
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How is the patient doing today? How did the meds work so far? Tap on the computer once if your okay two times if your not.;)

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Posted : May 3, 2010 12:56 am
dougtamjj
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(tu) One tap.

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Topic starter Posted : May 3, 2010 2:06 am
speee1dy
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i just heard that you can rub the area with a fresh cut onion. dont know if it works but the person who told me about it says it does. helps with the pain

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Posted : May 3, 2010 11:32 am
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glad to hear you are ok tami. did you see the jack that stung you. sat. night i was stung or bite (what ever centipedes do) and it felt and looked like a jack sting. it was a small centipede but boy did it hurt......crawling up or down my leg and bite me around knee area.
i used ice pack and meat tenderizer. felt feverish for a bit.

hope you are ok tami. tis the season for creepy things to start biting.

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Posted : May 3, 2010 3:30 pm
dougtamjj
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I don't know what bit or stung me. Hurt like the dickens. I have never had a reaction to a wasp sting like that and never had one hurt that bad.

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Topic starter Posted : May 3, 2010 3:58 pm
DixieChick
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tami, maybe it was a centipede or scorpion?

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Posted : May 3, 2010 4:21 pm
candt0529
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I'm happy to hear you are doing better! I have a question though. I am familiar with wasps and scorpions, but not centipedes. My wife and I are looking to relocate, and I would like to know more. Are they dangerous to dogs/cats? Also, would you all advise keeping eppy pens close by? I don't like spiders, and I think I may not like centipedes either. 🙂

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Posted : May 4, 2010 3:24 pm
dougtamjj
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Google centipedes. I discovered them about a month after I moved here and I almost packed up and went back to the states. Nasty creatures.

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Topic starter Posted : May 4, 2010 3:37 pm
aussie
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PEDES! Oooooo...I hate pedes! Nasty little buggers and they'll put a hurtin' on ya! The "Jack Spaniard" wasps here have FAR more punch than any wasp/hornet you're familiar with stateside.

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Posted : May 4, 2010 3:46 pm
candt0529
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I did do a search on centipedes, and found a video of one that was about 10 inches long eating a mouse. Are the centipedes there the big ones? Do they come inside your home? I just want to be sure my goofy pup doesn't get bit. The pictures I saw, and from what I read, they don't seem to have any fear...

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Posted : May 4, 2010 3:48 pm
aussie
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Yup, they definitely come into your house and they will definitely bite your pup. They don't come after you but if you or your dog step on one or roll over on one, they'll put a hurtin' on ya. Yup, they can get into your bed. My dog hates them as much as I do. He stays clear of them if he sees them. In fact, he's warned me of one near my feet on several occasions. Most of the ones I see are small - 2 to 3 inches in length but don't let that fool ya - they hurt! I captured one last week though that may be a contender in Big Beard's Biggest Centipede contest. It was 3" from my foot when I saw it in the bathroom. WHEW! Close call!

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