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My wife, who's allergic to bees, is reluctant to hike with me. What can I do to ease her fear of getting stung?

Question:

My wife, who’s allergic to bees, is reluctant to hike with me. What can I do to ease her fear of getting stung?

Submitted by - Tim, Greensboro, NC

Answer:

First, cut her some slack. You’d be a tad wary, too, if painful death by suffocation was a possibility every time you went outside. But there are precautions. Take up cool-weather hiking (bees hunker down in sub-50°F temps), and follow this rule: If it makes you look or smell like a gardenia, don’t do it. Avoid bright colors and perfume, and don’t leave food lying around camp (sugar attracts bees). If one comes near, move away slowly–never swat it. Always carry an EpiPen (a lifesaving dose of injectable epinephrine) and an antihistamine (i.e., Benadryl) in case all else fails and she does get stung.

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