A 33-year-old member asked:

Can people be allergic to bee stings?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gary Steven
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 32 years experience
Yes: Allergic reactions to beestings include hives, wheezing, throat swelling, and drop in blood pressure; these reactions can be life-threatening and need to be taken seriously. Any visible reaction on the skin that is not directly connected to the site of the sting is an allergic reaction. You should carry an epi-pen when outdoors, and should consult an allergist regarding desensitization.
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Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 31 years experience
Absolutely: Bee sting reactions incude stings to honey bee, wasps, hornets and yellow jackets. The sting reaction can range from local irritation to life threatening reactions to death. In the us about 50 people die each year from bee sting reaction. Systemic reactions need to be taken very seriously and evaluated.
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A 44-year-old member asked:

How to determine if I am allergic to bee stings?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Signs & Symptoms: Most often a bee sting causes localized pain, swelling, itching & redness of the site. Or there can be continued swelling with nausea or vomiting. A severe reaction can lead to difficulty breathing, swelling of mouth, tongue, lips or throat, hives, wheezing, chest, tightness, coughing, shortness of breath, throat tightness, slurring of speech, hoarseness, difficulty swallowing or feeling weak.
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A 31-year-old member asked:

What to do when bee stings and i'm allergic?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Your reaction???: Those with immediate reactions that include light headedness, dizziness, cramps, difficulty swallowing or breathing should carry an auto-injector device with Epinephrine for immediate use followed by a trip to the er. Desensitization therapy thru an allergist can reduce long term risk. If reaction is mild hives & local swelling, you can take benedryl & monitor the situation for changes.
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A 41-year-old member asked:

Can a fetus be allergic bee stings?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Stephen Wolpo
Cosmetic Dentistry 37 years experience
No: But if the mother is allergic the fetus could be affected if she has allergic reaction during pregnancy.
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A 34-year-old member asked:

Can you be allergic to wasps stings but not other bee stings?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 31 years experience
Yes: One can be allergic to wasp stings and not bee stings.
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A 44-year-old member asked:

How dangerous is a bee sting if you are not allergic?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 31 years experience
Not very: Bee sting reactions are generally innocuous. They hurt and swell at the sting site but very rarely cause any other problems.
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If allergic to bee stings, would you be allergic to honey and bees wax?
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