I did my back to back centuries on WI Rails to Trails starting this last Thursday.
Half hour into the trip I got stung by a wasp or bee into the lower lip. I choose to ignore it since I am not aware of any allergic reaction to bee stings. (I had them before on other parts of the body)
About 15 minutes later I noticed severe itching in my hands. I removed the gloves and washed my hands. That seemed to help. At the same time my lower lip started to swell up quite a bit. There was a very small town and I searched for a doctor or drug store. No dice.
They pointed me to a General Store. By that time I could barely talk. My HR increased so I could feel it and my body itched all over.
One person at the store said that his mother used mud on such bee stings. That did not appeal to me.
Another person recommended packing ice on the face and Benadryl which they had at that store.
I followed that advise and sat in the parking lot for 1-2 hours packing ice. The itching went away after taking the pills. The swelling spread all over my face and neck but declined from my lips so I could talk.
A decision had to be made. Abort the trip or continue.
There happened to be a medical doctor on the trail. He observed the situation and said that I would be in trouble if I got stung again. He suggested a clinic about 50 miles away going west. Or go home which was about 10 miles to my car and two hours driving.
I decided to take a chance and continue. My wife was up in arms about taking that chance.
I finished the double century and my face is still swollen. I googled the symptoms and see nothing to panic. This never happened to me.
Does anyone here on 50+ have some insights?