Woes of Summer

Poor little man
@mom210 (6525)
Atlanta, Georgia
July 3, 2017 7:35am CST
I love summer, I am not a winter fan at all. But one of the things I do not love, are the many bugs that we have to fight off. My poor little seven year old found that out Friday morning. Just because you are not bothering them, does not mean they will not bother you. He was nailed right in the forehead by a wasp or hornet. He will be sporting a prize fighter look for the next few days. Guess he may be just a little allergic to them. He says he can see and breathe, so I am just going to keep an eye on him. One eye is nearly swollen shut poor guy. Have you ever been stung by one? What are your least favorite things about summer?
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• United States
3 Jul
Ouch! I was stung by 8 or 10 hornets once - they got me in the palms of both hands I screamed so loud they heard me in he next state. But I will take summer over any other time of year. Hope he feels better now.
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@mom210 (6525)
• Atlanta, Georgia
11 Jul
Oh my gosh that sounds horrible! You must have really made them mad!
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• United States
11 Jul
@mom210 We were on our property in the golf cart, my husband stopped the cart to watch a deer standing about 10 feet from us. Unfortunately, he parked on top of a nest!
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@mom210 (6525)
• Atlanta, Georgia
11 Jul
@AbbyGreenhill Oh no, that stinks. I hope that you healed quickly.
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@moffittjc (41170)
• Gainesville, Florida
29 Jul
Oh goodness, it almost looks like some bully popped him a good one in the eye! All he's missing is the black and blueness and he would have a nice shiner! Did the wasp/hornet get him directly in the eye? It sure looks like that could have been the case!
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@mom210 (6525)
• Atlanta, Georgia
4 Aug
Naw right in the center of the forehead, but yes he looks like he has gone a round or two. I tried to keep him most of the time, but he sure did get some looks as we went out and about.
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@moffittjc (41170)
• Gainesville, Florida
6 Aug
@mom210 Poor kid! Was he in a lot of pain, or was it just swollen? One time, when I was 12, I opened a wooden gate that had a hornet's nest behind it. When the gate swung open, it knocked the nest down, which sent the hornets into a frenzy. I was stung over 20 times on my face and chest, and my whole head swelled up like a balloon. After the pain from the initial stings wore off, the only discomfort I had was due to all the swelling. Thank goodness it didn't last too long, because I was embarrassed to be seen among my friends! Oh, and interestingly, after being stung that many times at once, I was never bothered again after that by bee or wasp stings. When you've been stung by 20, getting stung by just one is no longer a big deal! haha
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@mom210 (6525)
• Atlanta, Georgia
7 Aug
@moffittjc Oh my gosh, how horrible! Yes, once you have been through that all the rest is pretty easy to deal with huh? Naw he was just swollen, my biggest concern was making sure he could still breathe well, since it was all in the face area. In fact, when he walked out that first morning and I saw him and squealed, he had no idea why I was squealing about him. He though mom had lost her mind!
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@LadyDuck (146886)
• Switzerland
3 Jul
I am so sorry poor guy, those little bugs hurt. I am allergic to mosquitoes bites and during summer this is a serious problem.
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@mom210 (6525)
• Atlanta, Georgia
11 Jul
oh my, that is a tough thing to be allergic to, I usually do not know they are around until it is to late and I have been bitten.
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@LadyDuck (146886)
• Switzerland
11 Jul
@mom210 I spray myself every time I go out, but it happens they bite me and I get horrible big bumps on the bitten area.
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@mom210 (6525)
• Atlanta, Georgia
11 Jul
@LadyDuck Seems like our sprays here do not work as well as they used to. Do you have that problem there?
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@PainsOnSlate (20078)
• Canada
18 Jan
I have been bitten in the past, a long time ago. I don't remember if I blew up like your son did. Two of my kids raise honey bees so I have enjoyed doing that with them, but completely covered, even my face.
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@mom210 (6525)
• Atlanta, Georgia
19 Jan
We have talked about having honey bees, I don't know if he is allergic to them though. I know it was a wasp that stung him not a bee, but I do worry maybe he is allergic to wasps bee and thing else that flies and stings.
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• Canada
19 Jan
@mom210 You can get him tested for allergies, I did it recently for myself and love knowing the only thing I am allergic to is grass - no more mowing for me...As a child I had a billion things that would effect my skin and breathing. But the available of testing was not there.
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@mom210 (6525)
• Atlanta, Georgia
19 Jan
@PainsOnSlate Hopefully we will have health insurance in the summer, maybe I can get him tested then. It would be good to know exactly what things he needs to stay away from. right now, he is terrified of all flying things. Can't say I blame him
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@cintol (4481)
• United States
20 Jan
Oh, that looks awful I hope that swelling goes down soon. When I was a crossing guard I had my sign up and when I brought it down a wasp landed right in the crease of my arm. When I bent it he stung me, I had to scrape him out of my arm with my stop sign.
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@mom210 (6525)
• Atlanta, Georgia
24 Jan
ouch! They can find their way to some very surprising places. I got stung a few days after him while moving my curtains back. Fortunately I am not allergic at all, my hand was red for maybe 20 minutes and that was it. Somehow this summer they really found their way into and around the house.
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@cintol (4481)
• United States
26 Jan
I am hoping our new house won't have a problem with them, we have found one small nest under a window outside so knocked that down but hope we don't have any others
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@mom210 (6525)
• Atlanta, Georgia
31 Jan
@cintol I bought a great can of spray for them it sprays about 20 feet, loving it.
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@DaddyEvil (23490)
• Aurora, Missouri
22 Mar
Oh, my! Uhm... just ignore me calling Family Services, Kim... I don't have any trouble with bees, wasps or hornets, although one of my brothers has to keep an epi-pen on him at all times because he will die if he gets stung without having one... I keep an epi-pen on me at all times because pollen, dust and whatever else is out there keeps me looking like your son... Since you wrote this discussion last summer, I am sure he doesn't look like that anymore, right?
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@mom210 (6525)
• Atlanta, Georgia
25 Mar
nope but we are back in summer and he is very paranoid about those mean little creatures getting to him again. Poor little guy.
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@DaddyEvil (23490)
• Aurora, Missouri
26 Mar
@mom210 Oh, I am sure he's afraid he'll get stung again, Kim! I agree, poor little guy! SMH! BTW, I do know a way to stop pain quickly... Pain from bee stings and such can be controlled by applying a hot-as-you-can-stand washcloth for a few minutes. (Not hot enough to burn, but as hot as can be stood. A hair dryer set to hot, again, not long enough to burn, pointed at the wound will also stop the pain. You will need to do whichever of these treatments about six hours later, but twice is normally all you need to do the treatment.) Heat from either source breaks down the active ingredient in bee, wasp and hornet stings, as well as the reactive poison in many different pain-inducing plant stings. You have to repeat the treatment because venom or pain-inducing poison "hides" a bit of the gunk and it comes to the fore when the pain is stopped by heat. I've heard, but never tried, stopping other types of pain that way, too. Usually, I forget about this remedy and take pain killers before I remember.
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@mom210 (6525)
• Atlanta, Georgia
29 Mar
@DaddyEvil Thank you for the tips, Hey got any tips on poison ivy & oak. I have one that got into that mess and has it all over him. Got some calamine lotion but it really does not seem to be helping much.
@bunnybon7 (35492)
• Holiday, Florida
28 Jul
oh poor kid. yes when i was younger many times. would probably kill me now.
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@mom210 (6525)
• Atlanta, Georgia
29 Jul
Lets hope you do not have any near your area now then. Were you allergic?
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@bunnybon7 (35492)
• Holiday, Florida
29 Jul
@mom210 never but given my age and in the state i am in of deterioration would not take much
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@mom210 (6525)
• Atlanta, Georgia
4 Aug
@bunnybon7 Hang in there. You never know what is in store for you. Things can always get better
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@DianneN (73971)
• United States
28 Jul
I'm terribly sorry for your little boy, who is the same age as my grandson. I've been stung myself, and it hurt and burned like you wouldn't believe! I hope he reviews quickly. He's such a handsome boy, sting or not..
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@mom210 (6525)
• Atlanta, Georgia
28 Jul
He has healed but is now terrified of wasps, he ran in the house screaming like a little girl when one was on the porch. Oh well, at least he did not get stung again.
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@DianneN (73971)
• United States
28 Jul
@mom210 It's still so fresh on his mind. Better to run away in fear.
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@mom210 (6525)
• Atlanta, Georgia
29 Jul
@DianneN I had to laugh at him but yes, he needs to run away for now.
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@just4him (109725)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Jul
I'm sorry he got stung. I hope it clears up fast. Let's see - my least favorite things about summer - heat, flies, mosquitoes and any other kind of bug, rain, muggy clammy can't get cool, yep - everything except the flowers. I do like flowers. I'm a winter person. You don't have any of the above in winter. And lots of beautiful white snow.
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@mom210 (6525)
• Atlanta, Georgia
14 Jul
I also like having a nice warm fire in the winter, hate going out to get the wood though. Thumbs up to all the above ementioned yucks of summer too. Hate those mosquitoes the worst though
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@just4him (109725)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
14 Jul
@mom210 They used to be my worst until I lived on Guam. The flies are nasty and even try to go up your nose - yuck!!! So they are the worst for me now before mosquitoes.
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@mom210 (6525)
• Atlanta, Georgia
20 Jul
@just4him I can understand that, anything trying to climb up my nose is very unwelcome
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@louievill (18104)
• Philippines
3 Jul
I got stung by a wasp when I was a teen, got too close to their mud hive under a shrub, I was not wearing my shirt cause it was hot, got me in the chest.
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@mom210 (6525)
• Atlanta, Georgia
11 Jul
Ouch! They sure know how to mess up a day don't they?
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@louievill (18104)
• Philippines
11 Jul
@mom210 yeah they do, by now your son is most probably well but it's something he won't forget like me.
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@1hopefulman (25953)
• Canada
5 Jan
As I look at the storm blowing outside, it is good to think of summer. I have a daughter who is allergic to bee stings and needs to carry anti-allergy medication with her. I have been stung a number of time without any serious problems.
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@mom210 (6525)
• Atlanta, Georgia
9 Jan
Me too, he gets it from my mother though, she is very allergic. He is not bad, does not need to carry anything with him, I do worry he may get to that point though.
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@1hopefulman (25953)
• Canada
9 Jan
@mom210 I wonder if there is a way to check things out? You might inquire about it.
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• United States
6 Aug
My daughter would swell up from just getting a mosquito bite. I had to keep benadryl handy for her to take. My nephew is even worse when he gets a bite.
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@mom210 (6525)
• Atlanta, Georgia
6 Aug
It is just terrible to be allergic to things like that, that just keep coming around in the summer. Hard to stay away from them
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• United States
6 Aug
@mom210 oh yeah, unless you live in a bubble.
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@bluesa (13430)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
29 Jul
Oh no! I hope he is all healed up by now! I have never been stung (knock on wood) . My favourite seasons are Autumn and spring. Winter is unpleasant and in summer I can't stand the mosquitoes and flies and well any of the bugs @mom210 . I hope the rest of your summer has been kinder.
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@mom210 (6525)
• Atlanta, Georgia
29 Jul
I agree spring and fall are the best, fewer bugs. I am not an extreme kind of gal. I don't like extreme winter temps, hate to be cold or the extreme summer either when I have to sweat.
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@bluesa (13430)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
29 Jul
@mom210 , agreed. Both winter and summer are too extreme. Luckily we're each heading to a season we prefer.
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@ridingbet (46688)
• Philippines
29 Jul
i hope the kid is well now. it is more than 3 weeks ago that he got stung by a bee or a hornet, i hope he did not have any other allergic reaction except the swollen eyelids and rashes.
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@mom210 (6525)
• Atlanta, Georgia
29 Jul
He is good now, but terribly afraid of them. When he sees one outside he comes running in. I cannot help but laugh at him just a little.
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@ridingbet (46688)
• Philippines
30 Jul
@mom210 haha! when one has had an unfortunate incident, he will always remember it. i hope he will be more careful now.
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@salonga (27998)
• Philippines
4 Jul
Oh so sorry for him. I've never been stung although there are lots of bugs in my garden. What really bothers me are the ants that never stop coming no matter what I do and also the mosquitoes that can enter our hope even if we have screen.
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@mom210 (6525)
• Atlanta, Georgia
11 Jul
Oh yes, those ants are terrible too. my hubby was picking veggies and his feet started burning, he realized he was standing in a fire ant hill, ouch.
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@salonga (27998)
• Philippines
11 Jul
@mom210 Ouchh!!!!
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@dodo19 (31933)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
3 Jul
Poor little guy. That must have really hurt. I hope he's feeling better.
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@mom210 (6525)
• Atlanta, Georgia
11 Jul
Yes, he was in a lot of pain and let us all know about it often hehe
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@dodo19 (31933)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
12 Jul
@mom210 i'm sure he did let you know about it. Hopefully he is better now.
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@allknowing (61550)
• India
31 Dec
Honey bees have bitten me but just a couple or two they say is good
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@mom210 (6525)
• Atlanta, Georgia
31 Dec
I like them to keep their biting to themselves. Wish I could find a way to bite them back haha
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@jstory07 (65385)
• Roseburg, Oregon
30 Dec
I hope he had no allergic reaction to the sting.
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@mom210 (6525)
• Atlanta, Georgia
30 Dec
I guess he is allergic but it does not seem life threatening. Hope it does not get worse as he gets older.
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@Shellyann36 (8919)
• United States
16 Nov
That poor baby! I hope he got over it quickly. I hate ants in the summer. They bite me and it swells up like a pimple would and they get really red around the edges. I hate it. They hurt and itch all at the same time.
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@mom210 (6525)
• Atlanta, Georgia
30 Dec
he had it for about 5 days and is currently terrified of them.
@PatZAnthony (12344)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
2 Aug
Probably most have been stung at least once @mom210 It is never fun, that's for sure.
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@mom210 (6525)
• Atlanta, Georgia
4 Aug
He had me wondering if I might be since I could not remember the last time I was stung. Well I was stung the next morning by one hiding in my curtains, as I was opening them, it was gone within an hour. So he does not get this after me. Must be from his Daddy's side.