A 23-year-old female asked:
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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 ?

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Dr. John Weeks
45 years experience Family Medicine
No: You can't be allergic to something you've never been exposed to.
Answered on Dec 9, 2013
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Dr. Andrew Murphy
29 years experience 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 on Sep 30, 2016
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