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A 23-year-old female 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 ?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Weeks
Family Medicine 46 years experience
No: You can't be allergic to something you've never been exposed to.
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 30 years experience
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.
Last updated Sep 30, 2016

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