I’ve been a pest control technician for the past eight summers now, and hardly a year has gone by that I haven’t been stung by a yellowjacket at least once.
Initially, these were rather painful and the subsequent ache lasted for three to five days. I recall being stung on the hand a few years ago and having the ache stay in my shoulder (like a pulled muscle) for days afterward.
Now, though, I’ve been stung a couple of times this summer, and once the initial pain wore off (after 30 minutes to an hour), there was no ache or stiffness, as in the past. No swelling, either.
Have I absorbed enough bee venom to be more or less immune now?
Was the ache in my shoulder the venom going through my lymphatic system? Would this have had anything to do with my current lack of lingering pain after being stung?