• In my experience, unless you have a sports car, different engine oil is like different toothpaste, much of a muchness. Semi synthetic anything works fine in my car.

  • You can ring up the garage and ask what oil they used

    The OP said that the car was serviced by Arnold Clark. They probably don’t even know themselves what they put into it.

  • Yep, the body can’t break down the “sting” so the toxin accumalates. Therefore leading to increased risk of anaphylactic shock with subsequent stings.

  • Yes this is what happened to me. I was stung as a child and had no major reaction, then stung as a teenager and got a very big swelling and then the last time it dropped my blood pressure and made me collapse. The hospital gave me an epi pen as they is a chance next time that it could get worse- throat closing etc.

  • The trouble with bees and wasp stings is I’m told you can develop an increasing allergic reaction to the venom so no matter how many times you’ve been stung – the next might be worse!
    I’ve been stung many times by both species and also two hornets which I didn’t realize until I looked at my hand to find out what was crawling over it – quite…[Read more]

  • Stood on a wasp, I thought I had stood on a big thorn or splinter to start with as it was a sharp pain then just throbbing and stingy/itchy for a few hours after. Not nice at all.

  • I got stung by a wasp last night. We have another nest in the house attic and they are everywhere. It got the front of my foot so I doused it in vinegar and while it blew up within minutes it didn’t hurt once the vinegar took effect. Couldn’t see anything this morning and the swelling has gone completely.

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  • It’s usually works out more economical to buy larger containers of oil, wherever you buy from. I also keep an empty 1 litre bottle and decant oil into that when I’m topping up so I have a better idea of how much I’m putting in. As was mentioned earlier, the difference between a high and low reading on the dipstick is often 1 litre.

  • Last year I got stung on the head by a wasp. My face swelled up like no one’s business, it hurt at first. My eyes swelled shut and I felt pretty groggy and horrid that evening. Swelling took several days to go down.

  • Could be a Blandford fly. Round here the horseflies have gone, but these little gits are causing merry mayhem. Their bites really hurt like mad. I ended up on antibiotics with cellulitis – had a big swollen area around the bites, which then started spreading. Do keep an eye on yours.

  • I’m allergic to wasp stings. Last got stung a few years ago, while I was driving. Managed to pull over and promptly collapsed in the car due to my blood pressure plummeting. Woke up slumped over the passenger chair and managed to get my phone out and ring for help. My poor dog was in the back and she was terrified.

    I have an epi-pen now.

  • I got bitten by something Thursday evening at an outside works do. Thought I felt something bite me then on the way home I had a little dried blood on my ankle. I just thought I’d somehow bashed myself but the next day it was itchy and looks like a bite. The bite itself feels hard underneath and the surrounding skin feels bruised. It had swollen a…[Read more]

  • I’ve never been stung by a bee but have by a wasp a fair few times. I’ve always found they hurt, something quick and sharp, then they ache a bit after.

    Last time I was stung it was at a picnic in St James Park. I felt something near my arm pit, moved my arm to look and the damn wasp stung me. Then when I tried to swat it away the jerk had the…[Read more]

  • I’ve always been terrified of wasps and have been known to exit a stationary car over the driver if one came in the window. My body must have told my subconscious I would be allergic!!

  • I’ve been stung by a bee – I trod on the poor thing barefoot – and it hurt A LOT, but quickly subsided after pulling the barb out and no adverse reaction.

    I’ve also been stung by a wasp – about a week before the bee sting – on the elbow, it also hurt like hell and my whole arm swelled up and went red.
    A couple of years ago I got stung multiple…[Read more]

  • I have only been properly stung once when I put my hand on a dozy wasp that was on my bed that hurt a lot. I have subsequently been “tagged” when they have flown into me twice. The last time I thought a branch had flicked my arm as I was shifting stuff onto a bonfire. 10 minutes later I was itching jumped in the shower as I thought it was pollen…[Read more]

  • They hurt a lot, it is easy to say “just a sting” but it is nasty. Hopefully you don’t get an extreme reaction.

    I got stung a week or so back when I accidentally knocked the top off a nest of sorts when moving a bale of hay and I got a sting for it. I was able to pull the sting out, so it didn’t actually go right in, but the arm was painful for…[Read more]

  • Blandford fly?

  • Sounds very similar to 2 bite/stings I have on my leg, both drew blood and now hurt and itch like a buggery….no idea what got me, but pretty sure it wasn’t a wasp or bee..

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