It Looked Like This

@GardenGerty (105453)
United States
July 14, 2016 2:20pm CST
Pardon me wihile I scream in pain. I went to the bathroom and as I was gettting dressed I had a sharp stinging pain in the outer part of my thigh. I have these occasionally with my fibro, but this was worse. I put my hand in the waist band and found a black wasp. It stung my pinky finger. Looking at my thigh there are three stings that are huge right next to each other. I finished dressing and stepped outside to get an herbal remedy I have been told about. I got some leaves of plantago or plantain and twisted them up to be juicy. I applied it to my finger, then to my thigh as a poultice. It is helping a lot. It has been about fifty years at least since I had a wasp sting. I was not allergic then but I could be now, so I took two benadryl (diphenhydramine) and I am taking it easy. I itch a little. Grandma would have scooped up some mud to put on it. I may put some calamine lotion on it in a bit. I am going to call hubby and let him know as well.
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@Asylum (48215)
• Manchester, England
14 Jul 16
I hope that you did not hurt that poor little wasp.
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@Asylum (48215)
• Manchester, England
14 Jul 16
@GardenGerty So you poisoned it?
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@Asylum (48215)
• Manchester, England
15 Jul 16
@GardenGerty Oh dear, surely you did not shout at it and scare the timid creature?
@GardenGerty (105453)
• United States
15 Jul 16
@Asylum I really am not sure, but if you were rolled up in a pink waistband and squished you would be scared.
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@jaboUK (55159)
• United Kingdom
14 Jul 16
Poor you. I've never seen a black wasp but have been stung by the yellow striped one. I couldn't believe how much it hurt, and to have four stings like you have must be agonising. I hope your remedy works.
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@GardenGerty (105453)
• United States
14 Jul 16
Plantain or plantago is good for skin ailments and it did help immensely. I will do a baking soda bath later on as well.
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@zarlamain (24866)
• United States
14 Jul 16
I hope you feel better soon. So painful.
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@GardenGerty (105453)
• United States
14 Jul 16
It is hurting a lot. I am glad this does not happen often.
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@zarlamain (24866)
• United States
14 Jul 16
@GardenGerty Definitely. I hope the bites ease up.
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@GardenGerty (105453)
• United States
15 Jul 16
@zarlamain No pain today. The bumps are there, but going away.
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@Hatley (164450)
• Garden Grove, California
11 Oct 16
I am severl y allergic to wasp stings anmd used to have anepi pen mow the are jhorribl expernsive so take a chance I should have benadryll thought as a orecautiom I m mot sure If Im that allergic anymore. I have seen any wasps around thank good nee as tjhey can stng mire than once a bee only stings once I wonder if aloe would worlk on wasp stings?
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@GardenGerty (105453)
• United States
12 Oct 16
Provided you are not allergic to aloe it would soothe some, I imagine, but it probably would not actually take the sting away and counteract the toxins. I hope you are careful when you take walks since you do not have an epi pen. I agree, they have always been very expensive for something you might or might not need.
@just4him (132715)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
15 Jul 16
I hope it's feeling better now.
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@GardenGerty (105453)
• United States
15 Jul 16
It is fine today. I was able to treat it quickly and in many ways.
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@just4him (132715)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
15 Jul 16
@GardenGerty That's good to hear.
@JudyEv (141761)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Jul 16
Four stings is a bit of overkill isn't it? (Pardon the pun). I can imagine they'll be pretty painful for a while.
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@GardenGerty (105453)
• United States
15 Jul 16
Actually the first aid I did seems to have been just right. There is no pain today.
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@JudyEv (141761)
• Bunbury, Australia
16 Jul 16
@GardenGerty That is really good news.
@Jessicalynnt (47879)
• Centralia, Missouri
15 Jul 16
those things are nasty, and I end up with huge welts, I hope yours go away quickly!
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@GardenGerty (105453)
• United States
15 Jul 16
You look pretty fair complected and I know you might be more sensitive to stings. Yes, they are much better today.
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• Centralia, Missouri
17 Jul 16
@GardenGerty I am, bites too. horrid things.
@moffittjc (47470)
• Gainesville, Florida
14 Jul 16
When I was 12, I visited a friend's house, and they had a gate going into their back yard that hadn't been used in quite some time. But not knowing this, I went to open up the gate--which had a huge hornet's nest right at face level--and I got stung all over my face countless times by hornets. I had to be rushed to the hospital because--although not allergic to them--I had been stung so many times that the swelling was making it difficult for me to breathe. But looking at the bright side of that experience, after being stung hundreds of times by hornets, I am no longer bothered at all when I get stung by one bee or one wasp now.
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@GardenGerty (105453)
• United States
15 Jul 16
I can see where that would be dangerous. Our neighbor was a bee keeper and we also had lots of honey bees around the yard. I often stepped on them bare foot. I became more and more sensitive, starting to have swelling, so I guess I got sensitized. That was why I worried about the wasp. You had quite the experience.
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@moffittjc (47470)
• Gainesville, Florida
16 Jul 16
@GardenGerty My daughter stepped on a bee when she was 2 or 3 years old. She was very sick with the flu at the time, so her immune system was probably struggling to keep up, but her foot swelled up pretty big! We took her to the doctor to make sure she wasn't allergic to bee stings. The doctor determined that she wasn't, and just said it was probably because she had a week immune system at the time. My daughter is 16 now, and she still vividly remembers that day she stepped on the bee!
• United States
14 Jul 16
Ouch! I hate wasps, they are right up there with flies and mosquitoes, useless insects. I have been using peppermint oil for some poison ivy got, it soothes and cools the itching. I still use Fast Orange, but the peppermint is easier to use while I am away from home.
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@GardenGerty (105453)
• United States
15 Jul 16
I read that you can usually find jewel weed growing near poison ivy for quick application. I soaked in a bath of epsom salts, baking soda with lavender and tea tree oil. I have never reacted to poison ivy, but have some in this yard. I am trying to keep it controlled.
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• United States
18 Jul 16
@GardenGerty Oh wow, I think we had jewel weed growing in the corner of our property years ago, and growing around one of my pine trees was poison ivy. I didn't notice until you mentioned the connection, but after I got rid of the poison ivy, I never saw the jewel weed again. I heard lavender is good and I have used tree tea, it also works wonders.
@marsha32 (6684)
• United States
15 Jul 16
I have gotten stung so many times as we have wasps all over the place at this house. Most of those stings came while I was hanging laundry and didn't see it on the clothes pin I was grabbing. Hopefully you do well with that many stings.
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@GardenGerty (105453)
• United States
15 Jul 16
I was fine. I am not sure which one of the remedies was the best. I know that the plantain on it made it quit hurting almost immediately. Wasps like to be IN the clothesline poles.
@nanette64 (18208)
• Fairfield, Texas
15 Jul 16
That's the bad thing about wasps @GardenGerty , one of them can sting multiple times; their stinger doesn't break off like a bee's does. You did the right things though.
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@jstory07 (72438)
• Roseburg, Oregon
15 Jul 16
That is a lot of pain when anything stings you. That is good that you took the benadryl.
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@GardenGerty (105453)
• United States
15 Jul 16
Benadryl is such a good thing to have on hand when you think you might be allergic to something.
@peavey (16876)
• United States
15 Jul 16
When the kids were lilttle they went with friends to a place to play and ran into a wasp nest. She doused them with witch hazel and you couldn't even see a place where the sting was. I don't know if it has to be done immediately, but I do know that it works
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@GardenGerty (105453)
• United States
15 Jul 16
I am not sure where my witch hazel is. It is soothing for skin issues as well.
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@Lucky15 (33669)
• Philippines
15 Jul 16
Might scream too knowing the pain of being stung
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@GardenGerty (105453)
• United States
15 Jul 16
I do not scream often. No one but Princess here to hear me.
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@sueznewz2 (10156)
• Alicante, Spain
14 Jul 16
Ooowwww that sounds painful, I hope your remedies work, and take away the pain and discomfort for you ...
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@GardenGerty (105453)
• United States
15 Jul 16
Yes, they were quite good remedies.
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@Corbin5 (122985)
• United States
14 Jul 16
That is one nasty-looking creature. Those stings had to hurt like crazy! Good thing to let your husband know in case you have a bad reaction.
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@GardenGerty (105453)
• United States
15 Jul 16
That was my thought. On the other hand, he was about an hour away. The benadryl made me nice and sleepy.
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@Susan2015 (22192)
• United States
14 Jul 16
Oh, I would have jumped and screamed seeing it in my clothes! Glad the remedy you made is helping.
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@GardenGerty (105453)
• United States
14 Jul 16
The problem was that I did NOT see it until after I was stung four times. I try to just shoo them out the door or whatever. They kill spiders and other bugs.
@skysnap (18248)
14 Jul 16
That's painful. I hope you recover from this. I am guessing this is wasp.
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@GardenGerty (105453)
• United States
14 Jul 16
Yes, this is a black wasp. There are many kinds and they can be a reddish brown or yellow striped.
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@shshiju (10550)
• Cochin, India
15 Jul 16
Oh its look like a brother of dragon.
@GardenGerty (105453)
• United States
15 Jul 16
Luckily it was not as big as this picture. In fact it was smaller than most wasps are.
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@shshiju (10550)
• Cochin, India
16 Jul 16
@GardenGerty Yes . But like a honey bee sting is painfull
@nomus24g (25483)
• India
14 Jul 16
I too am afraid of wasp sting..when I was a kid, was playing hide-n-seek & while hiding in a bush, a couple of wasps stung me badly...I had unbearable pain followed by high fever that day
@GardenGerty (105453)
• United States
14 Jul 16
When my grand parents moved to an abandoned farm they had wasps everywhere. I used to get stung often. It is painful.