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Comment: This comes from a person who works at a school in Tilbury and info came from local doctor ...

Just wanted to share a bit of information for school. A couple of weeks ago I was unfortunate enough to get stung by both a bee and hornet while working in the garden. My arm swelled up so off to the doctor I went. The clinic gave me cream and an antihistimine. The next day the swelling was getting progressively worse so off to my regular doctor I went. Infected arm - needed an antibiotic. What was interesting is what the Dr. told me. The next time you get stung put a penny on the bite for 15 minutes. I thought, wow next time (if there ever is one) I will try it.

Well that night Shelley's niece got stung by two bees. When she came over to swim I looked at the bite and it had already started to swell. So
off I went to get my money. Taped a penny to her arm for 15 minutes. The next morning, there was no sign of a bite. Wow were we surprised. Her niece we decided just wasn't allergic to the sting.

Well guess what happened again on Saturday night. I was helping Shelley dead head her flowers and guess what, you are right I got bit again two times by a hornet on my left hand. Was I ticked. I thought here I go again having to go to the doctor for yet another antibotic. Well I promptly went into the house, again got my money out and taped two pennies to my bites and then sat and sulked for 15 minutes. The penny took the string out of the bite immediately. I still wasn't sure what was going to happen. In the meantime the hornets were attacking Shelley and she got bit on the thumb.

Again the penny. The next morning I would only see the spot where he had got me. No redness, no swelling. Went over the see Shelley and hers was the same. Couldn't even tell where she got bit. Then Shelley got stung again on Monday night on her backcutting the grass. This penny thing is
going to make us money at school. Again it worked.

Just wanted to share the marvelous information in case any of you are experiencing the same problem at home. We need to have a stock of pennies on hand at school.

The Dr. said somehow the copper in the penny counteracts the bite. I would never had believed it. But it definitely does work.

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Perhaps when the wound was left uncovered, the author would scratch it?
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The OP seems to have an unusually bad bee/hornet problem... perhaps an exterminator would help even more than a penny.

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The author also seems to have difficulty with the difference between a "bite" and a "sting." The two are not the same thing, and for some reason all this stuff about hornets and bees "biting" people made me roll my eyes through the whole thing.

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seems like a very good way for the sting to get infected...
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quote:
Originally posted by Lil' Molly:
The OP seems to have an unusually bad bee/hornet problem... perhaps an exterminator would help even more than a penny.

I second that motion.

Dude! Find the nest and get rid of the SOURCE of the problem.

But he had potential profits on his mind: This penny thing is going to make us money at school.

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The penny took the string out of the bite immediately.
If the wound contains 'string', it sounds like you have a mutant hornet problem. Run!

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Besides, why put a dirty penny on your bite when the old home remedy of baking soda paste or toothpaste works just fine?

Also, I didn't like the implication that she (the author) was allergic to bees and it worked. I can see some poor sap thinking that their child's violent bee allergy will be okay if they strap copper to the kid's arm instead of using an epi pen or rushing them to the hospital.

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Copper is used to produce oxidase enzymes which degrade the histamine produced in reaction to the sting. I don't know that taping a penny to the sting helps get more copper into the cells that make those enzymes, because I don't even know what cells those are.
But copper deficiencies are considered for people that have inflammation because of the histamine/copper connection.
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Actually they say using aspirin in a paste is also a good remedy for what I google searched.

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Why didn't the hornets/bees sting Shelley TWICE on Monday? Has the partnership evaporated? Or has the hornet simply started slacking off?
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Even more effective: tape a penny to the stinger of the bee before it stings. It makes it much harder for it to sting.

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I wounder if a pre-1983 penny would work better since there is a lot more copper in it.

Another remidy is the the use of meat tenerizer such as Adolph's, McCormick and another product that contains papain.

Generaly bee and other stinging insects to not bother me. This year while working around the house. I have put my hand into at least a 5 or 6 wasp or hornets nest. Not once getting stung. A few years ago I helped a bee keeper without protection retrieve a couple of full hives from the field that he could not lift. Not a sting.

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Taping a penny to a bee's rotors will not keep it from flying, I just saw that episode of Mythbusters.

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Uh, wait a second...

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Electrotiger - if you tape enough pennies to the bee and douse it in enough vodka, though, it WILL make it explode.

My personal theory is that the pennies, being dirty like all money, cause the sting to get infected, and your body is too busy fighting the horriblre infection to throw histamines at the sting.

Like the guy who "cures" his allergies by repeatedly infecting himself with hookworm!

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quote:
Originally posted by Lil' Molly:
The OP seems to have an unusually bad bee/hornet problem... perhaps an exterminator would help even more than a penny.

The OP is penny wise but pound foolish.
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The remedy in my family growing up was to wet a tums or rolaids tablet and tape that to the sting.

I have not been stung in probably 20 years, but I remember that helping the pain and swelling a lot.

For mosquito bites it was wetting a bar of soap and rubbing it on the bite. Also seemed to help a lot, as I have an odd allergic reaction to their bites. Part of that 'cure' may have been that it deterred itching as well.

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There's no need to mock. It worked on Shelley! And you know what Shelley's like. How could it not be true?

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I was always told to flush the area with vinegar if it was a wasp sting and Bicarbonate of soda for a bee sting.

I remember it this way

VW=vinegar/wasp
BB=bicarb/bee

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