Altace Municipal Golf Course, Sting, Wasp Stings, Epipen, Lower Abdominal Cramps
I was on Altace even though I am allergic to grey-paper-nest-building brown wasp stings and had read a side effect of people undergoing allergy therapy for this having heightened sensitivity or reactions when being on Altace. For this reason, I had ... more »
I was on Altace even though I am allergic to grey-paper-nest-building brown wasp stings and had read a side effect of people undergoing allergy therapy for this having heightened sensitivity or reactions when being on Altace. For this reason, I had requested an Epipen from my doctor. I work at a municipal golf course and went to another municipal golf course to pick up a backhoe. There was a nest in the corner of the cab. I was stung and the Epipen was back at the other course in my locker. I immediately took three Benadryl (which I carry in a key-chain container) and told a coworker to take me to the nearby hospital emergency room which was a total of ten to possibly fifteen minutes away. I didn't feel bad after the sting, which wasn't a very bad sting, but my feet tingled immediately and I felt that was not good. We took off and I wrote down my medications for my driver and passed out. An iv was started immediately and I was semiconscious but heard that my blood pressure was 54 / 36. My pulse was very slow but I remember not what it was. I had lower abdominal cramps and was vomiting. I was asked if I was diabetic, as sweat was pouring off me. I was given saline and a steroid (iv) which starts with d (and prednisone prescription to follow it up) and epinephrine subcutaneously (the same dose, .3mg, that is in the Epipen. I was kept three hours and released with the instructions that if I felt any weakness coming on later that evening to call 911 and return. Other episodes of wasp stings had produced hives on the chest and back, a return of swelling at the sting site at four hour intervals (even days later), when it was time for Benadryl again. Also, the most serious prior stings produced underarm itching, then progression to groin area itching and finally the feet itching and tingling, then when this subsided the itching was over except as to the sting site. Possibly I reasoned that if the sting caused my feet to be involved immediately, it would be bad. Emergency department personnel asked if I was alergic to other bees or wasps, but I have not been stung by any other than these wasps since I was a teenager. The only exception being a large number of stings from the small soda can swarming wasps which people call bees. This gave me a feeling such that I quit working where they were as I could feel an effect was accumulating. I cannot really describe the sensation. Did you know that Epipens are to be stored between 59 and 77 degrees fahrenheit with excursions allowed to 86 degrees? They are not to be refrigerated. I carry one on my person now in a cheap K-mart insulated bag. Inside this I have a cheap stainless thermos into which the Epipen fits. In the recent 100 degree weather I put one aboutr 3 X 5 inch X 1 1/2 inch thick frozen blue gel (ice replacement which people use in lunch boxes, etc.) in the bag to keep the interior cool or cold. This takes a fresh one about every four hours and is my personal solution to the delimna of room temperature and high temperatures and keeping the Epipen with me. When a person has such a harsh reaction, it is my understanding that the next one can be expected to be as bad or worse. I am off Altace but on Lisinopril which is also an Ace inhibitor and which I may get off when I return to my regular physcian. This sting occured Aug 2, 2007. Hope this information helps prevent someone from going through a life-threatening experience as I did.