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Old 04-25-2016, 08:33 AM
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Balzaccom Balzaccom is offline
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First Aid Kit (Medication Added)

We've added one more item to our first aid kit for backpacking, but it's not something we suggest for everyone. As you may know, I am an avid cyclist. I try to ride just about every day for 15+ miles, and have regularly ridden over 5,000 miles a year.

But over the past few years, I've been stung by bees a few times, and each time the reaction to the sting has become more pronounced. The last time I was stung, about month ago, it was on the thigh, and my entire thigh swelled up to about 150% of it's normal size., and growing.

That's when I decided it was worth going to the doctor about this. The doctor prescribed some massive dosages of prednisone, and then asked me what I liked to do for fun. When I mentioned backpacking, the doc immediately prescribed a couple of epipens. He was concerned that if I were stung near my head by a bee, the reaction could easily prevent me from breathing, and I'd would be far from medical help. There's a happy thought.

So we've added this to our FAK for in the mountains, even though it adds a few ounces to our packs. Wonder if there is an ultralight version?
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Old 04-27-2016, 07:10 AM
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Originally Posted by Balzaccom
Wonder if there is an ultralight version?

kinda... but it involves a manual syringe, which has to be pre-loaded, and then protected. protecting it from discharge or breaking would probably come up to the mass of the autoinjector.

still, that's some pretty intense stuff. allergies are nothing to mess with. i did a weekend hike recently with someone who confessed, about three miles away from the trailhead(and another 2.5 miles from the ranger station, which also put us some 20 miles from cell phone coverage) that bee allergies ran in her family, but she had no idea if she was allergic or not.

she decided that we should continue the hike(first timer, so very eager), but i found myself mentally reviewing what materials were on hand in the group in terms of antihistamines, first aid supplies, anti-inflammatories, etc.

and then, for all that concern, the worst thing that happened on the trip was i accidentally touched a devil's club plant. i just go the last thorns out this morning.
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