Sep 13, 2001 11:48 AM
|I think that its time to bring up some petty complaints.
On a ride a few days ago, I had a bee fly into my ear and then proceed to sting me there. I'm lucky that I am not allergic to bee stings or I would have had a major problem. This is the second time that I have been stung on rides and am getting tired of it.
Should I carry a fly swatter with me and seek them out before they get me?
|re: Dang bees||raboboy|
Sep 13, 2001 11:53 AM
|Ride with your mouth open and try to catch them. That way you can crunch them before they get to you. ;)|
|re: Dang bees||LLSmith|
Sep 13, 2001 12:18 PM
|What color is your helmut? If its red or yellow they might see you as a flower. If that is the case the bee was probably as suprised as you when he/she landed in another one of those darn human ears.|
|they're out having fun, too||mr_spin|
Sep 13, 2001 12:39 PM
|Bees like bright colors and heavy scented perfumes, sunscreens, etc. If you are getting stung a lot, make a few changes in these areas and see if it makes a difference.
Believe me, bee stings hurt, but wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets are much worse!
|re: Dang bees||Brooks|
Sep 13, 2001 12:43 PM
|I got stung a few weeks ago on the side of my neck (blue helmet, BTW). Fortunately, I only react a little bit (minor swelling and itching for 20 minutes or so). By the end of the ride I couldn't tell where the sting was. My sister has severe reactions. I just told the group I was riding with that if my breathing gets labored to check up on me. Their reaction: how will we know the difference from normal! Thanks, guys!|
|Friend got one right down the throat||cory|
Sep 13, 2001 3:46 PM
|I was riding with a friend the other day, and a wasp went right down her throat and stung her behind the uvula (no, UVULA, the thing hanging down). I was thinking, "Whoa, how'm I going to handle this if she's allergic..."). Luckily, she shook it off and rode home, but she could barely breathe for awhile.|
|stings to the mouth are particularly dangerous||peloton|
Sep 13, 2001 3:56 PM
|Even a person who has no allergy to bee stings can have a serious reaction and go into anaphalactic shock as a result of a sting to the mouth or throat. Any sting to those areas should be watched closely for an adverse reaction.
For the record, I seem to get stung on a ride about once a year. I got stung on the neck just a couple of weeks ago (orange/yellow helmet).
Last year, a yellowjacket flew into one of the vents on my helmet and stung me repeatedly as I tried to get out of the pack I was riding in both quickly and without taking out everyone I was riding with. No one could figure out what the hell I was doing. Man, that little bastard got me good, but everyone gave me a lot of space for the rest of the day!