A member asked:

I'm 23 yo and have never been stung by a wasp, bee, scorpion, other stinging insect. does this increase my likelihood of being allergic if i get stung ?

4 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. John Weeks answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

No: You can't be allergic to something you've never been exposed to.

Answered 12/9/2013


Dr. Andrew Murphy answered

Specializes in Allergy and Immunology

No: Sting allergies are diagnosed after a sting reaction occurs and evaluation and testing confirms the clinical suspicion. Unfortunately, we all are at risk for sting reactions even if it is the first sting. If one were to have had a sting reaction then they would be at increased reaction for sting reactions in the future.

Answered 9/30/2016



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